29 Sep '15, 9pm

Operational Terms and Symbols: By: Andrew G. Attar, Jr. When everything is strategic, nothing is strategic.

Although I find myself in almost complete disagreement with Major Larry Doane’s article entitled “It’s Just Tactics: Why the Operational Level of War is an Unhelpful Fiction and Impedes the Operational Art ,” which appeared in Small Wars Journal on September 24, 2015, it is useful in that it exposes an existing lack of logical clarity of military operations at echelon. Modularity, BCT-centrism, and a decade+ of COIN have severely warped our common understanding of military operations at echelon. Maj. Doane references that "battalions can act strategically." This is a misunderstanding of important terms. (One the Army’s recently published field manual on leadership [FM 6-22] only has made worse.) When everything is strategic, nothing is strategic. Same for the term operational, which Maj. Doane implies is flexible, relative, and subjective. Battalions become strategic only ...

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