Turning Victory into Success Military Operations after the Campaign

The US military and its coalition allies have proven themselves adept at achieving military victory in short, decisive, major combat operations. The critical nexus, then, is how battlefield victory translates into political success.

Author: Brian M. De Toy

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 1428916490

Category: Peace-building

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The second annual military symposium took place at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas from 14 to 16 September 2004. The symposium brought together civilian historians and military officers for the purpose of discussing a variety of historical case studies and the ways in which they can illuminate current military issues and operations. As the title and subtitle of the symposium indicate, the topics addressed the purpose behind military operations--winning the peace. The US military and its coalition allies have proven themselves adept at achieving military victory in short, decisive, major combat operations. The critical nexus, then, is how battlefield victory translates into political success. The panelists and audience discussed the nature of war, cultural awareness, terrorism, stability operations in the Philippines, Latin America, Lebanon, and Vietnam, as well as operations in Iraq.

Turning Military Victory Into Strategic Success Evolving Better Capabilities for the Combatant Commander to Conduct Post Conflict Operations

It would be an understatement to say events in Iraq, post-combat operations, did not go as envisioned. The obvious question is why? Many of the difficulties experienced by the U.S. military in Iraq were clearly foreshadowed, even predicted.

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It would be an understatement to say events in Iraq, post-combat operations, did not go as envisioned. The obvious question is why? Many of the difficulties experienced by the U.S. military in Iraq were clearly foreshadowed, even predicted. Almost every analysis of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) highlights flaws in the planning for post-war Iraq. The pitfalls can be sorted into several all-too-familiar categories, including timeliness, unity of effort, prioritization, and completeness and coherence. Military planners significantly underestimated the magnitude of the difficulties they would encounter in Iraq. Lessons emanating from OIF also confirmed several emerging truths about modern military operations. Operations in Iraq firmly substantiated the criticality of successfully executing post-conflict operations to the achievement of strategic aims. The realities of modern military operations combined with the lessons of OIF strongly argue for a further evolution in the combatant commander's ability to conduct post-conflict operations. The U.S. military can no longer approach post-conflict operations as a second-tier event, something that can be done in an ad hoc fashion. The combatant commander needs to have a distinct post-conflict planning and executing capability. The combatant commander can best achieve this capability by integrating a dedicated post-conflict planning element into his Standing Joint Force Headquarters. Doing so will better ensure he has the needed capabilities and staff integration to effectively plan and orchestrate post-conflict missions.

Understanding the Victory Disease from the Little Bighorn to Mogadishu and Beyond

This work uses the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn and the 1993 actions of Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia to highlight the disease's effects.

Author: Timothy Karcher

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1478154985

Category: History

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“Turning Victory Into Success: Military Operations After the Campaign” was the title of a recent US Army Training and Doctrine Command/Combat Studies Institute military symposium at Fort Leavenworth. The presenters looked at the imperative of linking battlefield success to political objectives across both tactical and strategic spectrums. One of the symposium's salient points was that overwhelming military accomplishment does not automatically translate to overall success. Major Tim Karcher's Understanding the “Victory Disease,” From the Little Bighorn to Mogadishu and Beyond presents further evidence supporting the above premise. With Operations ENDURING and IRAQI FREEDOM in the foreground today, it is fitting that this study should focus on military operations undertaken in the immediate aftermath of extraordinary military victory. US military planners must possess a solid foundation of military history and cultural awareness to ensure battlefield and strategic success today and in the future. Future conflicts are not likely to resemble those of the past, whether they are conflicts from dim memory, the previous decade, or last year. Each brings its own challenges and dynamics. One thing is certain, however, as Major Karcher points out: The US military cannot rest on the laurels of previous campaigns. Major Karcher's study makes an important contribution to military history as a warfighter's tool to refine critical thinking and adaptability. As a result of America's national strength and its demonstrated military prowess, US forces are quite susceptible to falling prey to the effects of the “victory disease.” The disease, by definition, brings defeat to a previously victorious nation or military due to three basic symptoms: arrogance, complacency, and the habit of using established patterns to solve military problems. The growth of the victory disease can best be analyzed through the study of historical examples where the symptoms become quite clear. This work uses the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn and the 1993 actions of Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia to highlight the disease's effects. Studying the victory disease can help one avoid succumbing to its effects and ultimately find an effective vaccination. As this work will argue, the only real vaccine for the disease is found in increased study of military history in the Officer Education System, particularly through focusing on campaigns and battles where defeat may be attributed to the sickness. Simple awareness of the problem prevents one from falling prey to the disease, thereby creating immunity.~

Turning Battlefield Victories Into Strategic Success

An issue facing the future of the American military is the American way of war and its inability to effectively turn military victory into strategic success.

Author: Joseph P. Granata

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ISBN: OCLC:227211279

Category: Military doctrine

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An issue facing the future of the American military is the American way of war and its inability to effectively turn military victory into strategic success. Senior Military leaders must embrace this fact and develop strategies that effectively integrate other agencies and tools of national power into later phases of the battle plan that will ensure overall strategic success. The recent military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq are examples of astonishing battlefield victories that illustrate the prowess of American fighting forces. Yet, military operations are still on going, casualties continue to climb, and every day the media paints a dismal picture to remind us that we have not yet succeeded. A vivid illustration comes from U.S. Army Colonel Harry Summers' conversation with a North Vietnamese Army (NVA) Colonel when Colonel Summers reminded the NVA Colonel that the NVA had never beaten the U.S. Forces on the battlefield and the NVA Colonel merely replied, "That may be so, but it is also irrelevant". Future success lies in a better understanding of war as an extension of policy and specifically the roles and inter-relationships of the people, the military, and the government, to include other departments and agencies outside the military.

The United States Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom May 2003 January 2005

Kevin C.M. Benson , “ PH IV'CFLCC Stability Operations Planning , " in De Toy , ed . , Turning Victory into Success , 179 . 87 . Gordon and Trainor , 141 . 88. For an example of George W. Bush's statements on nation building during the ...

Author: Donald P. Wright

Publisher: U.S. Government Printing Office

ISBN: NWU:35556038388633

Category: History

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NOW AVAILABLE! On Point II is a comprehensive study of the US Army in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) from May 2003 to January 2005. Based on primary sources including hundreds of interviews with participants, the study examines how after May 2003 American Soldiers made the transition to a new type of campaign that featured information operations, intelligence, reconstruction, and governance rather than conventional combat. On Point II documents the US Army's execution of Full Spectrum Operations in the early stages of this conflict.

The Challenge of Nation Building

Implementing Effective Innovation in the U.S. Army from World War II to the Iraq War Rebecca Patterson ... See Brian M. De Toy, ed., Turning Victory into Success: Military Operations after the Campaign (Fort Leavenworth, ...

Author: Rebecca Patterson

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442236950

Category: Political Science

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The Challenge of Nation-Building examines the conditions that have allowed or prevented the U.S. Army to innovate for nation-building effectively. By doing so, it shows how military leadership and civil-military relations have changed.

Military Review

As the Secretary of the Army has declared 2009 to be the " Year of the NCO , " the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center will ... Jay Garner , “ Iraq Revisited , ” in Turning Victory Into Success : Military Operations After the Campaign ( Fort ...

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ISBN: UOM:39015085171992

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The U S Military Intervention in Panama Operation Just Cause December 1989 January 1990

In Turning Victory Into Success : Military Operations After the Campaign . Edited by Brian M. De Toy . Fort Leavenworth , Kans .: Combat Studies Institute Press , 2005 . and Richard D. Downie . “ Taking Responsibility for Our Actions ?

Author: Lawrence A. Yates

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105050674923

Category: Government publications

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Examines how American military power was employed during Operation Just Cause, including the planning process and joint efforts of the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps during major combat operations. Also details post-combat stability and nation-building operations.