Sound Military Decision
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Sound Military Decision

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  • Sound Military Decision
    • U.S. Naval War College
      • Naval Institute Press      Annapolis, Maryland
      • CONTENTS
    • Naval Institute Press      Annapolis, Maryland
    • CONTENTS
    • Sound Military Decision
    • U.S. NAVAL WAR COLLEGE
      • Newport, Rhode Island
      • TABLE OF CONTENTS
        • (See Chart on page XXXX)
        • PART I. PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT IN ITS RELATION TO THE SUCCESSFUL CONDUCT OF WAR.
        • *PART II. THE EXERCISE OF PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT IN PLANNING.
        • *PART III. THE EXERCISE OF PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT IN THE EXECUTION OF THE PLAN
        • *APPENDIX
      • (See Chart on page XXXX)
      • PART I. PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT IN ITS RELATION TO THE SUCCESSFUL CONDUCT OF WAR.
      • *PART II. THE EXERCISE OF PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT IN PLANNING.
      • *PART III. THE EXERCISE OF PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT IN THE EXECUTION OF THE PLAN
      • *APPENDIX
      • FOREWORDToC
      • PART I PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT IN ITS RELATION TO THE SUCCESSFUL CONDUCT OF WAR
      • CHAPTER IToC
        • COMMAND AND ITS PROBLEMS
      • COMMAND AND ITS PROBLEMS
      • CHAPTER IIToC
        • MENTAL PROCESSES AND HUMAN TENDENCIES
      • MENTAL PROCESSES AND HUMAN TENDENCIES
      • CHAPTER IIIToC
        • BASIC PRINCIPLES APPLICABLE TO MILITARY PROBLEMS
        • (The Fundamental Military Principle)
        • The Fundamental Military Principle
      • BASIC PRINCIPLES APPLICABLE TO MILITARY PROBLEMS
      • (The Fundamental Military Principle)
      • The Fundamental Military Principle
      • CHAPTER IVToC
        • THE APPLICATION OF THE FUNDAMENTAL MILITARY PRINCIPLE
        • (Objectives—Their Selection and Attainment)
        • I. MAJOR COMPONENTS OF MILITARY PROBLEMS.
        • II. SELECTION OF CORRECT MILITARY OBJECTIVES
        • III. DETERMINATION OF EFFECTIVE MILITARY OPERATIONS
        • Physical Objectives
        • Relative Positions
        • Apportionment of Fighting Strength
        • Freedom of Action
        • IV. SUMMARY
      • THE APPLICATION OF THE FUNDAMENTAL MILITARY PRINCIPLE
      • (Objectives—Their Selection and Attainment)
      • I. MAJOR COMPONENTS OF MILITARY PROBLEMS.
      • II. SELECTION OF CORRECT MILITARY OBJECTIVES
      • III. DETERMINATION OF EFFECTIVE MILITARY OPERATIONS
      • Physical Objectives
      • Relative Positions
      • Apportionment of Fighting Strength
      • Freedom of Action
      • IV. SUMMARY
      • CHAPTER VToC
        • FOUR STEPS IN THE SOLUTION OF A MILITARY PROBLEM
        • The Approach to the Solution
        • The First Step
        • The Second Step
        • The Third Step
        • The Fourth Step
        • Sequence of Events in the Four Steps
        • The Use of a Form in the Solution of Problems
        • Conclusion As To the Approach to the Solution of Military Problems
      • FOUR STEPS IN THE SOLUTION OF A MILITARY PROBLEM
      • The Approach to the Solution
      • The First Step
      • The Second Step
      • The Third Step
      • The Fourth Step
      • Sequence of Events in the Four Steps
      • The Use of a Form in the Solution of Problems
      • Conclusion As To the Approach to the Solution of Military Problems
      • PART II THE EXERCISE OF PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT IN PLANNING
      • CHAPTER VIToC
        • THE SELECTION OF A CORRECT OBJECTIVE
        • (Including the Determination, in Proper Detail, of the Action Required for its Attainment)
        • The First Step—The Solution of a Basic Problem (The Estimate of the Situation)
        • SECTION I
        • ESTABLISHMENT OF THE BASIS FOR SOLUTION OF THE PROBLEM
        • A. The Appropriate Effect Desired.
        • B. Relative Fighting Strength.
        • (1) Survey of the Means Available and Opposed.
        • (2) Survey of the Characteristics of the Theater of Operations.
        • (3) Conclusions as to Relative Fighting Strength.
        • NOTE
        • SECTION II
        • DETERMINATION OF SUITABLE, FEASIBLE, AND ACCEPTABLE COURSES OF ACTION
        • A. Analysis of the Assigned Objective.
        • B. Survey of Courses of Action.
        • C. Application of Tests for Suitability, Feasibility, and Acceptability.
        • D. Listing Retained Courses of Action.
        • SECTION III
        • EXAMINATION INTO THE CAPABILITIES OF THE ENEMY
        • A. Survey of the Enemy's Problem.
        • (1) Summary of the Enemy's Situation.
        • (2) Analysis of the Effect Desired by the Enemy.
        • B. Survey of Enemy Capabilities.
        • C. Application of Tests for Suitability, Feasibility, and Acceptability.
        • D. Listing Retained Enemy Courses of Action.
        • SECTION IV
        • SELECTION OF THE BEST COURSE OF ACTION
        • A. Analysis and Comparison of Retained Courses of Action.
        • B. Determination of the Best Course of Action.
        • SECTION V
        • THE DECISION
      • THE SELECTION OF A CORRECT OBJECTIVE
      • (Including the Determination, in Proper Detail, of the Action Required for its Attainment)
      • The First Step—The Solution of a Basic Problem (The Estimate of the Situation)
      • SECTION I
      • ESTABLISHMENT OF THE BASIS FOR SOLUTION OF THE PROBLEM
      • A. The Appropriate Effect Desired.
      • B. Relative Fighting Strength.
      • (1) Survey of the Means Available and Opposed.
      • (2) Survey of the Characteristics of the Theater of Operations.
      • (3) Conclusions as to Relative Fighting Strength.
      • NOTE
      • SECTION II
      • DETERMINATION OF SUITABLE, FEASIBLE, AND ACCEPTABLE COURSES OF ACTION
      • A. Analysis of the Assigned Objective.
      • B. Survey of Courses of Action.
      • C. Application of Tests for Suitability, Feasibility, and Acceptability.
      • D. Listing Retained Courses of Action.
      • SECTION III
      • EXAMINATION INTO THE CAPABILITIES OF THE ENEMY
      • A. Survey of the Enemy's Problem.
      • (1) Summary of the Enemy's Situation.
      • (2) Analysis of the Effect Desired by the Enemy.
      • B. Survey of Enemy Capabilities.
      • C. Application of Tests for Suitability, Feasibility, and Acceptability.
      • D. Listing Retained Enemy Courses of Action.
      • SECTION IV
      • SELECTION OF THE BEST COURSE OF ACTION
      • A. Analysis and Comparison of Retained Courses of Action.
      • B. Determination of the Best Course of Action.
      • SECTION V
      • THE DECISION
      • CHAPTER VIIToC
        • THE RESOLUTION OF THE REQUIRED ACTION INTO DETAILED OPERATIONS
        • (The Second Step—The Solution of Subsidiary Problems)
        • Application of the Essential Elements of a Favorable Military Operation
        • Testing for Suitability, Feasibility, and Acceptability.
        • The Formulation of Tasks
        • The Organization of Task Forces and Task Groups
        • Application of the Fundamental Military Principle to the Determination of Objectives Embodied in Tasks
        • The Assembly of Measures for Freedom of Action
        • The Preparation of Subsidiary Plans
      • THE RESOLUTION OF THE REQUIRED ACTION INTO DETAILED OPERATIONS
      • (The Second Step—The Solution of Subsidiary Problems)
      • Application of the Essential Elements of a Favorable Military Operation
      • Testing for Suitability, Feasibility, and Acceptability.
      • The Formulation of Tasks
      • The Organization of Task Forces and Task Groups
      • Application of the Fundamental Military Principle to the Determination of Objectives Embodied in Tasks
      • The Assembly of Measures for Freedom of Action
      • The Preparation of Subsidiary Plans
      • PART III THE EXERCISE OF PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT IN THE EXECUTION OF THE PLAN
      • CHAPTER VIIIToC
        • THE INAUGURATION OF THE PLANNED ACTION
        • (The Third Step—The Formulation and Issue of Directives)
        • Essentials of Military Directives.
        • Restatement of the Decision for Use in the Directive
        • Standard Forms for Plans and Directives
        • Types of Naval Directives
      • THE INAUGURATION OF THE PLANNED ACTION
      • (The Third Step—The Formulation and Issue of Directives)
      • Essentials of Military Directives.
      • Restatement of the Decision for Use in the Directive
      • Standard Forms for Plans and Directives
      • Types of Naval Directives
      • CHAPTER IXToC
        • THE SUPERVISION OF THE PLANNED ACTION
        • (The Fourth Step)
        • Problems Involving Modifications of the Basic Plan
        • Problems Challenging the Integrity of the Basic Plan
        • The Further Procedure Applicable to Such Problems of The Fourth Step
        • The Running Estimate of the Situation
        • JOURNAL
        • WORK SHEET
        • (For Running Estimate of the Situation)
        • Special Remarks as to Entries
        • Summary
      • THE SUPERVISION OF THE PLANNED ACTION
      • (The Fourth Step)
      • Problems Involving Modifications of the Basic Plan
      • Problems Challenging the Integrity of the Basic Plan
      • The Further Procedure Applicable to Such Problems of The Fourth Step
      • The Running Estimate of the Situation
      • JOURNAL
      • WORK SHEET
      • (For Running Estimate of the Situation)
      • Special Remarks as to Entries
      • Summary
      • CONCLUSIONToC
        • OUTLINE FORM OF AN OPERATION PLAN
      • OUTLINE FORM OF AN OPERATION PLAN
      • TABULAR FORMSToC
        • TABULAR FORM OF THE ESTIMATE OF THE SITUATION
        • TABULAR FORM OF THE RESOLUTION OF THE REQUIRED ACTION INTO DETAILED OPERATIONS
      • TABULAR FORM OF THE ESTIMATE OF THE SITUATION
      • TABULAR FORM OF THE RESOLUTION OF THE REQUIRED ACTION INTO DETAILED OPERATIONS
    • Newport, Rhode Island
    • TABLE OF CONTENTS
      • (See Chart on page XXXX)
      • PART I. PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT IN ITS RELATION TO THE SUCCESSFUL CONDUCT OF WAR.
      • *PART II. THE EXERCISE OF PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT IN PLANNING.
      • *PART III. THE EXERCISE OF PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT IN THE EXECUTION OF THE PLAN
      • *APPENDIX
    • (See Chart on page XXXX)
    • PART I. PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT IN ITS RELATION TO THE SUCCESSFUL CONDUCT OF WAR.
    • *PART II. THE EXERCISE OF PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT IN PLANNING.
    • *PART III. THE EXERCISE OF PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT IN THE EXECUTION OF THE PLAN
    • *APPENDIX
    • FOREWORDToC
    • PART I PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT IN ITS RELATION TO THE SUCCESSFUL CONDUCT OF WAR
    • CHAPTER IToC
      • COMMAND AND ITS PROBLEMS
    • COMMAND AND ITS PROBLEMS
    • CHAPTER IIToC
      • MENTAL PROCESSES AND HUMAN TENDENCIES
    • MENTAL PROCESSES AND HUMAN TENDENCIES
    • CHAPTER IIIToC
      • BASIC PRINCIPLES APPLICABLE TO MILITARY PROBLEMS
      • (The Fundamental Military Principle)
      • The Fundamental Military Principle
    • BASIC PRINCIPLES APPLICABLE TO MILITARY PROBLEMS
    • (The Fundamental Military Principle)
    • The Fundamental Military Principle
    • CHAPTER IVToC
      • THE APPLICATION OF THE FUNDAMENTAL MILITARY PRINCIPLE
      • (Objectives—Their Selection and Attainment)
      • I. MAJOR COMPONENTS OF MILITARY PROBLEMS.
      • II. SELECTION OF CORRECT MILITARY OBJECTIVES
      • III. DETERMINATION OF EFFECTIVE MILITARY OPERATIONS
      • Physical Objectives
      • Relative Positions
      • Apportionment of Fighting Strength
      • Freedom of Action
      • IV. SUMMARY
    • THE APPLICATION OF THE FUNDAMENTAL MILITARY PRINCIPLE
    • (Objectives—Their Selection and Attainment)
    • I. MAJOR COMPONENTS OF MILITARY PROBLEMS.
    • II. SELECTION OF CORRECT MILITARY OBJECTIVES
    • III. DETERMINATION OF EFFECTIVE MILITARY OPERATIONS
    • Physical Objectives
    • Relative Positions
    • Apportionment of Fighting Strength
    • Freedom of Action
    • IV. SUMMARY
    • CHAPTER VToC
      • FOUR STEPS IN THE SOLUTION OF A MILITARY PROBLEM
      • The Approach to the Solution
      • The First Step
      • The Second Step
      • The Third Step
      • The Fourth Step
      • Sequence of Events in the Four Steps
      • The Use of a Form in the Solution of Problems
      • Conclusion As To the Approach to the Solution of Military Problems
    • FOUR STEPS IN THE SOLUTION OF A MILITARY PROBLEM
    • The Approach to the Solution
    • The First Step
    • The Second Step
    • The Third Step
    • The Fourth Step
    • Sequence of Events in the Four Steps
    • The Use of a Form in the Solution of Problems
    • Conclusion As To the Approach to the Solution of Military Problems
    • PART II THE EXERCISE OF PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT IN PLANNING
    • CHAPTER VIToC
      • THE SELECTION OF A CORRECT OBJECTIVE
      • (Including the Determination, in Proper Detail, of the Action Required for its Attainment)
      • The First Step—The Solution of a Basic Problem (The Estimate of the Situation)
      • SECTION I
      • ESTABLISHMENT OF THE BASIS FOR SOLUTION OF THE PROBLEM
      • A. The Appropriate Effect Desired.
      • B. Relative Fighting Strength.
      • (1) Survey of the Means Available and Opposed.
      • (2) Survey of the Characteristics of the Theater of Operations.
      • (3) Conclusions as to Relative Fighting Strength.
      • NOTE
      • SECTION II
      • DETERMINATION OF SUITABLE, FEASIBLE, AND ACCEPTABLE COURSES OF ACTION
      • A. Analysis of the Assigned Objective.
      • B. Survey of Courses of Action.
      • C. Application of Tests for Suitability, Feasibility, and Acceptability.
      • D. Listing Retained Courses of Action.
      • SECTION III
      • EXAMINATION INTO THE CAPABILITIES OF THE ENEMY
      • A. Survey of the Enemy's Problem.
      • (1) Summary of the Enemy's Situation.
      • (2) Analysis of the Effect Desired by the Enemy.
      • B. Survey of Enemy Capabilities.
      • C. Application of Tests for Suitability, Feasibility, and Acceptability.
      • D. Listing Retained Enemy Courses of Action.
      • SECTION IV
      • SELECTION OF THE BEST COURSE OF ACTION
      • A. Analysis and Comparison of Retained Courses of Action.
      • B. Determination of the Best Course of Action.
      • SECTION V
      • THE DECISION
    • THE SELECTION OF A CORRECT OBJECTIVE
    • (Including the Determination, in Proper Detail, of the Action Required for its Attainment)
    • The First Step—The Solution of a Basic Problem (The Estimate of the Situation)
    • SECTION I
    • ESTABLISHMENT OF THE BASIS FOR SOLUTION OF THE PROBLEM
    • A. The Appropriate Effect Desired.
    • B. Relative Fighting Strength.
    • (1) Survey of the Means Available and Opposed.
    • (2) Survey of the Characteristics of the Theater of Operations.
    • (3) Conclusions as to Relative Fighting Strength.
    • NOTE
    • SECTION II
    • DETERMINATION OF SUITABLE, FEASIBLE, AND ACCEPTABLE COURSES OF ACTION
    • A. Analysis of the Assigned Objective.
    • B. Survey of Courses of Action.
    • C. Application of Tests for Suitability, Feasibility, and Acceptability.
    • D. Listing Retained Courses of Action.
    • SECTION III
    • EXAMINATION INTO THE CAPABILITIES OF THE ENEMY
    • A. Survey of the Enemy's Problem.
    • (1) Summary of the Enemy's Situation.
    • (2) Analysis of the Effect Desired by the Enemy.
    • B. Survey of Enemy Capabilities.
    • C. Application of Tests for Suitability, Feasibility, and Acceptability.
    • D. Listing Retained Enemy Courses of Action.
    • SECTION IV
    • SELECTION OF THE BEST COURSE OF ACTION
    • A. Analysis and Comparison of Retained Courses of Action.
    • B. Determination of the Best Course of Action.
    • SECTION V
    • THE DECISION
    • CHAPTER VIIToC
      • THE RESOLUTION OF THE REQUIRED ACTION INTO DETAILED OPERATIONS
      • (The Second Step—The Solution of Subsidiary Problems)
      • Application of the Essential Elements of a Favorable Military Operation
      • Testing for Suitability, Feasibility, and Acceptability.
      • The Formulation of Tasks
      • The Organization of Task Forces and Task Groups
      • Application of the Fundamental Military Principle to the Determination of Objectives Embodied in Tasks
      • The Assembly of Measures for Freedom of Action
      • The Preparation of Subsidiary Plans
    • THE RESOLUTION OF THE REQUIRED ACTION INTO DETAILED OPERATIONS
    • (The Second Step—The Solution of Subsidiary Problems)
    • Application of the Essential Elements of a Favorable Military Operation
    • Testing for Suitability, Feasibility, and Acceptability.
    • The Formulation of Tasks
    • The Organization of Task Forces and Task Groups
    • Application of the Fundamental Military Principle to the Determination of Objectives Embodied in Tasks
    • The Assembly of Measures for Freedom of Action
    • The Preparation of Subsidiary Plans
    • PART III THE EXERCISE OF PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT IN THE EXECUTION OF THE PLAN
    • CHAPTER VIIIToC
      • THE INAUGURATION OF THE PLANNED ACTION
      • (The Third Step—The Formulation and Issue of Directives)
      • Essentials of Military Directives.
      • Restatement of the Decision for Use in the Directive
      • Standard Forms for Plans and Directives
      • Types of Naval Directives
    • THE INAUGURATION OF THE PLANNED ACTION
    • (The Third Step—The Formulation and Issue of Directives)
    • Essentials of Military Directives.
    • Restatement of the Decision for Use in the Directive
    • Standard Forms for Plans and Directives
    • Types of Naval Directives
    • CHAPTER IXToC
      • THE SUPERVISION OF THE PLANNED ACTION
      • (The Fourth Step)
      • Problems Involving Modifications of the Basic Plan
      • Problems Challenging the Integrity of the Basic Plan
      • The Further Procedure Applicable to Such Problems of The Fourth Step
      • The Running Estimate of the Situation
      • JOURNAL
      • WORK SHEET
      • (For Running Estimate of the Situation)
      • Special Remarks as to Entries
      • Summary
    • THE SUPERVISION OF THE PLANNED ACTION
    • (The Fourth Step)
    • Problems Involving Modifications of the Basic Plan
    • Problems Challenging the Integrity of the Basic Plan
    • The Further Procedure Applicable to Such Problems of The Fourth Step
    • The Running Estimate of the Situation
    • JOURNAL
    • WORK SHEET
    • (For Running Estimate of the Situation)
    • Special Remarks as to Entries
    • Summary
    • CONCLUSIONToC
      • OUTLINE FORM OF AN OPERATION PLAN
    • OUTLINE FORM OF AN OPERATION PLAN
    • TABULAR FORMSToC
      • TABULAR FORM OF THE ESTIMATE OF THE SITUATION
      • TABULAR FORM OF THE RESOLUTION OF THE REQUIRED ACTION INTO DETAILED OPERATIONS
    • TABULAR FORM OF THE ESTIMATE OF THE SITUATION
    • TABULAR FORM OF THE RESOLUTION OF THE REQUIRED ACTION INTO DETAILED OPERATIONS
    • INDEX
      • INDEXToC
    • INDEXToC
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