Purpose:Using concepts taught throughout the J300 Lesson, Operational Art & Design, you will write an analytical/research paper on a historical event (your instructor will give you the historical event).
You will analyze a historical event from the perspective of the operational art & design concepts and terms from chapter IV, JP 5-0, Joint Planning and/or other appropriate joint doctrinal publications. You can analyze the entire campaign/operation, a single battle, or a group of battles from the campaign/operation. Use the following questions to guide your analysis:
How did country Xâ€™s military leaders apply operational art during the campaign/operation?
How did country Xâ€™s military leaders design the campaign/operation?
How did country Xâ€™s military leaders understand the operational environment?
What problems did country Xâ€™s military have to solve?
What approaches did country Xâ€™s military use to solve the problem and achieve the termination criteria or military end state?
What were the termination criteria and/or military end state?
What were the military objectives?
What effects were established to obtain the military objectives?
What was the adversary/friendly center of gravity and the associated critical factors?
How did country Xâ€™s military attack/defend the adversary/friendly center of gravity, directly or indirectly?
What decisive points were established?
What lines of operation/effort were established?
What defeat/stability mechanisms were used?
How did country Xâ€™s military apply the concepts of anticipation, operational reach, or culmination?
How were operations arranged? Did country Xâ€™s military consider the factors of simultaneity, depth, timing, and tempo? Did country Xâ€™s military use the tools phases, branches and sequels, or operational pauses?
Was the campaign/operation design focused on defeating either adversary forces, functions, or a combination of both?
Was the campaign/operation phased? Did country Xâ€™s military consider numbers, sequence, overlap, or transitions? What phases of the joint operation model were used?
You do not have to address all the guiding questions, but you are expected to integrate the operational art & design concepts and terms from chapter IV, JP 5-0, Joint Planning and/or other appropriate joint doctrinal publications into your paper. The majority of the word count must address operational art & design concepts and terms. This will ensure you understand the lesson material. Articles from databases such as ProQuest, EBSCO, Google Scholar, or military schools such as USASMA, CGSC or the Army War College are the best types of sources for research and will help ensure you receive a maximum score. These types of databases will ensure you use scholarly, peer reviewed articles for your research. Books written about your historical event are also appropriate for your research.
Assignment Instructions: The paper will be in APA format, a title page, a reference page, and 5 to 7 pages of content (does not include the cover and reference pages). You will use Times New Roman, 12-font, and double-spaced. Do not try to cover everything. Focus on the factors you consider most important in analyzing your historical event. You will use a minimum of five resources for your paper.