Re: What IS Operational Art

Being somewhat contrarian, I still think the old definition of operational art (the Army's first one) given in the 1986 FM 100-5 is more useful than what is in contemporary doctrine, as it far better delimits what the bounds of that discipline is: "the employment of military forces to attain strategic goals in a theater of war or theater of operations through the design, organization, and conduct of campaigns and major operations." While I wouldn't necessarily constrain operational art to the last two activities, nowhere in the definition of operational art is there the formulation of thos

Re: Militarization

Just to add a bit to the "Militarization" posting: As some of our readers may know, before WWII, America was generally so a-militaristic that high-ranking officers (such as Geo, C. Marshal and Douglas MacArthur) testified before Congressional bodies in mufti. On the other hand, I would bet that if one were to visit, say, Ft. Bragg in 1939, one would see the troops carrying arms, unlike today.

Regards,

Stanley Sandler

Hand Grenade of the Week 26

Hand Grenade of the Week

[Editor Note: This blog was originally posted by John T Kuehn on January 20, 2015]

 

Hello All, have been absent, back east doing research and hanging out with my brother and cistern "wizards" of the DC area.
Something came up as I examined the General Board of the US Navy files prior to the beginning of the Great War (ie. World War I).

Here is the hand grenade (maybe a dud for some of you).

Pearl Harbor--Revisiting the Efficacy of the Attack

Hand Grenade of the Week

[Editor Note: This blog was originally posted by John T Kuehn on December 7, 2014]

 

Hand Grenade of the Week 25

Pearl Harbor--Revisiting the Efficacy of the Attack: December 7, 2014

On this, the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor I want to revisit the efficacy of this engagement-- a “big” word that means both the effectiveness and utility as relates to the accomplishment of the mission ends.

Hand Grenade of the Week 24

Hand Grenade of the Week

[Editor Note: This blog was originally posted by John T Kuehn on November 25, 2014]

All, In one final effort to make this work I am trying post this the way I have been directed to by the powers that be.

Given that it appears there was little response to the posting on the USS Arizona Band (Hand Grenade 23), I want to continue the discussion by posing a question about the force levels in the Pacific and how significantly they were affected by the Pearl Harbor raid by Admiral Nagumo's Dai Ichi Kido Butai.

The Rest of the Story, Thank you for your Service Part II

Hand Grenade of the Week

[Editor Note: This blog was originally posted by John T Kuehn on November 16, 2014]

All,  Hand grenade of the week 22 was the prefatory to a speech I gave at a dedication of an artifact in Acheson Kansas to the memor of the USS Arizona on Memorial Day several years ago.  As Pearl Harbor Day approaches, here is the second part of that speech.

 

Thank you for your service? No. Thank you, fellow-citizens

Hand Grenade of the Week

[Editor Note: This blog was originally posted by John T Kuehn on November 10, 2014]

I have posted this in a number places. It started out as a speech I gave several years ago.  I think it goes well in the venue.

Acheson Kansas Memorial Day Speech

Thank You,  ____________ …

Trafalgar Week

Hand Grenade of the Week

[Editor Note: This blog was originally posted by John T Kuehn on October 20, 2014]

Okay, So here we are, 209 years later after the Royal Navy defeated the combined fleet, the combined Franco-Spanish fleet that is on 21 October 1805.  Nelson was killed, but not before literally annhilating the French and Spanish fleets to the tune of some 20 ships elminated or taken and nearly 20,000 casualties. 

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Hand Grenade of the Week

[Editor Note: This blog was originally posted by John T Kuehn on July 29, 2014]

No HGOTW this week. Happy holiday, summer is half over.

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