Military Operations & Tactical Decision Making


Research Paper Title

Tactical Decision Making: A Proposed Evaluation Criteria Model for the Infantry Battalion’s Tactical Estimate during Offensive Operations.

Abstract

This study seeks to determine if it is possible to construct an evaluation criteria model that improves the infantry battalion’s capability to select the best course of action during the deliberate tactical estimate. It examines US and selected foreign army doctrine, related literature, and lessons from the US Army Combat Training Centres.

The literature review concludes that there is no agreement on the selection and use of evaluation criteria during the tactical estimate. However, it provides an operational definition for the ‘best’ course of action, as well as several theoretical requirements for the “optimal” evaluation criteria
model.

Using the results of the literature review, the study presents a proposed model that the author believes will improve the capability of selecting the best course of action during the tactical estimate. The study tests the model using a tactical scenario developed at the Joint Readiness Training Centre. Model evaluation is based on established measures of effectiveness that relate the performance of the proposed model to the characteristics of the theoretically optimal model.

The study concludes that the proposed model is applicable for use as an instructional aid. but that further research and field testing arc required before it should be applied by units throughout the US Army.

Document

Tactical Decision Making: A Proposed Evaluation Criteria Model for the Infantry Battalion’s Tactical Estimate during Offensive Operations (Davis, 1993)

Reference

Davis, J.A. (1993) Tactical Decision Making: A Proposed Evaluation Criteria Model for the Infantry Battalion’s Tactical Estimate during Offensive Operations. Master’s Thesis. Fort Leavenworth, Kansas: United States Military Academy.

 

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