Complexity and Command at the Operational Level of War

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Part of the Topics in Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality book series (TSRQ, volume 21)

Abstract

The operational level of war for the U.S. military lies between two boundaries: tactics and strategy. Similarly, complexity lies between two boundaries: equilibrium and chaos. The symmetry is perhaps coincidental, but it highlights an important point, that is, both share common attributes. This paper explores those and describes the military as a complex organization confronting complex adversaries operating in complex environments. If we assume the character of war constantly changes, as many in the military claim, it follows that the character of future war must also change. What models and tools will enable operational level practitioners better understand this co-evolutionary dynamic? Complexity research offers a new perspective.

Keywords

Armed Conflict Complex Adaptive System Strategic Level Military Intervention Joint Publication 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Vince Berardini, Senior AnalystROLAND & ASSOCIATES CorporationMonetaryUSA

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