operational level of war


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operational level of war

The level of war at which campaigns and major operations are planned, conducted, and sustained to accomplish strategic objectives within theaters or other operational areas. Activities at this level link tactics and strategy by establishing operational objectives needed to accomplish the strategic objectives, sequencing events to achieve the operational objectives, initiating actions, and applying resources to bring about and sustain these events. These activities imply a broader dimension of time or space than do tactics; they ensure the logistic and administrative support of tactical forces, and provide the means by which tactical successes are exploited to achieve strategic objectives. See also strategic level of war; tactical level of war.
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Likewise, conflating the character of warfare with the nature of war prevents appreciating how capabilities function at the operational level of war. Therefore, accounting for the operational level--instead of leaping between tactics and strategy-elucidates how a thinking enemy will respond and adjust.
This is essential, particularly at the operational level of war and the component (domain-related) level where a COG will typically be a specific force.
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According to Joint Publication 3-0, Doctrine for Joint Operations, the operational level of war is defined as:
"We are starting to train fleet commanders and staff at the operational level of war."
FM 3-0, Operations, defines the Operational Level of War, "as the level at which the campaigns and major operations are conducted and sustained to accomplish Strategic objectives within theaters or areas of operation".
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The operational level of war represents an intermediate level within the strategic hierarchy that links the political-strategic level and the lower tactical levels of war.
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