This course develops an understanding of the origins of the operational art from historical and theoretical perspectives. It explores operations in all three operational environments – land, sea and air – and their combination in more recent history to constitute joint war fighting doctrines. Through a series of case studies spanning warfare in the 20th century, the module examines issues affecting the conduct of operations and their relationship with the strategic and tactical levels of command. Among the themes examined will be the political objective; unity of force (joint and coalition); strategic / military culture; sustainment; learning and adaptation; leadership and command; capability and force structure; operational environment and civ-mil relationships.
This course is only open to students posted to the Australian Command Staff College.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students should be able to:
1. Describe and identify the major trends in the conduct of military operations from the 19th century to the present and articulate the fundamentals of the major operational theories developed during this period;
2. Identify and analyse the relationship between the strategic, operational and tactical levels of war;
3. Analyse the conduct of military operations and identify the role of the political objective, unity of force (joint and coalition); strategic and military culture; logistics/resources; learning and adaptation; leadership and command;
4. Conduct historical research and critically evaluate historical evidence;
5. Demonstrate effective communication skills.
Short Assignment (40%), Essay (30%), Examination (30%)
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Teaching will occur intensively across approximately 20 working days. Assessment is scheduled during and after the teaching period as part of the overall program timetabling.
Requisite and Incompatibility
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