Accession Number : ADA600189


Title :   Operate to Know: An Operational and Intelligence for the Operational Level of War


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV NORFOLK VA JOINT FORCES STAFF COLLEGE


Personal Author(s) : Cukor, Drew


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA600189


Report Date : 13 Jun 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 103


Abstract : The thesis of this paper is that if the United States and its allies are to fight and win decisively against the complex adaptive adversaries of the twenty-first century, then knowing must become a primary operational activity. Intelligence must ascend from its diminished status to an equal pillar of action with operations, resourced and organized with equipment, processes, and intellectual skills to produce a continuous picture of the enemy and environment tied to forces that can rapidly exploit opportunities to generate more intelligence. The joint force faces a global security environment where adversaries neutralize American superiority in fire and maneuver by hiding and remaining untargetable-especially by avoiding open battle. Adversaries seek to make the environment inhospitable for U.S. forces--driving joint forces to fortified enclaves, marginalizing their influence, and placing them on the defensive. In this environment, the joint force must function differently: pulsing to understand the environment, then taking decisive action while being able to pace the intensity of operations to allow off-ramps for other instruments of national power to take the lead to meet national objectives. This thesis recommends the development of a joint operating concept that establishes the foundation for an aggressive knowing capability consisting of active observation with pulsing and continuous diagnostic feedback to create a continuous receive-respond, collect-pulse connection between intelligence and operations to pry, test, understand the environment, and then take decisive action.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , *MILITARY INTELLIGENCE , AFGHANISTAN CONFLICT , CASE STUDIES , CHAOS , DECISION MAKING , IRAQI WAR , JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES , MILITARY DOCTRINE , MILITARY HISTORY , MILITARY OPERATIONS , MILITARY PLANNING , SECOND WORLD WAR


Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Intelligence
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE