MIL Battle Analysis
Operation Anaconda Battle Analysis
In the mountainous Shah-i-Khot region south of the city of Gardez in Eastern Afghanistan, Operation Anaconda took place early March 2002. Operation Anaconda, to this day, stands as the largest reported ground action in the Afghan war. This 17-day battle led to eight U.S. casualties and over 50 wounded. Operation Anaconda is viewed as a success due to coalition forces being able to kill and root out several hundred Taliban and al Qaeda fighters, which left U.S. and coalition forces in control of the Shah-i-Khot Valley. Originally intended to be a three-day battle with light resistance, a seven-day battle ensued with intense fighting and was finally stopped on 18 March after 17 long days. The classic “Hammer and Anvil” battle approach which was utilized struggled through a number of unforeseen issues: initial intelligence reports, U.S. command structure, Afghan Forces, and ground-air coordination of air strikes/support. In the following pages, the cause and effect of these issues will be discussed as well as the impact they had on Operation Anaconda pertaining to certain principles of war.
The intelligence reports of the Shah-i-Khot Valley were faulty not due lack of effort. Several assets were used in trying to gather intelligence: human reconnaissance, aerial reconnaissance, and communication intercepts were all widely used. Several SOF ground reconnaissance teams were also getting as close to the valley’s floor as possible without being detected. Initial estimates of the enemy ranged from 100-1000 enemy fighters, but after arduous discussions and reports filed in, it was determined that a better estimate was 200-300 fighters with a larger civilian population numbering somewhere around 1000. This large civilian population complicated things by nullifying most attempts of heavy air strikes and support. The portrait for the upcoming battle portrayed that of a weak,...
...HOW TO WRITE A BATTLEANALYSIS
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2. Learning Objective.
The student must prepare a battleanalysis that demonstrates the ability to use military history to develop critical thinking skills. Focus your analysis on one of the following issues:
a. Evaluate the commander's intent. b. Analyze one aspect of METT-T. c. Analyze the relationship between fire support and any other element of the battlefield operating systems. d. Evaluate a specific aspect of combat leadership or troop leading procedures. e. Analyze one element of the battlefield organization (close, deep, or rear). 3.
a. Select a book(s) and analyze a specific battle or engagement. b. Your analysis must include (1) what was supposed to happen, (2) what happened, and (3) the lessons learned. Focus your analysis on
one specific lesson learned
. 4. Standards.
a. Effective writing.
All papers must be easily understandable in one single rapid reading and generally free from grammatical error.
b. Effective analysis. Demonstrate the ability to conduct systematic, disciplined analysis of military history and draw lessons relevant to tomorrow's battles.
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An innovative sale, or limited time offer as observed, is a great way to kick start sales and get results immediately. Adapting marketing strategies at Christmas is...
...Operationanaconda was US operation against the Taliban. The operation took place in the Shahi-Kot Valley and Arma Mountains southeast of Zormat. This operation was the first large-scale battle in the United States War in Afghanistan since the Battle of Tora Bora in December 2001.
The operation consisted of 1,700 airlifted U.S. troops and 1,000 pro-government Afghan militia battled between 300 too 1,000 al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters to obtain control of the valley. The Taliban and al-Qaida forces fired mortars and heavy machine guns from entrenched positions in the caves and ridges of the mountainous terrain at U.S. forces attempting to secure the area. Afghan Taliban commander Maulavi Saifur Rehman Mansoor later led Taliban reinforcements to join the battle. U.S. forces had estimated the strength of the rebels in the Shahi-Kot Valley at 150 to 200, but later information suggested the actual strength was of 500 to 1,000 fighters. The U.S. forces estimated they had killed at least 500 fighters over the duration of the battle, however journalists later noted that only 23 bodies were found.
United States Air Force Tactical Air Combat Controllers saved the lives of many of the solders and the entire operation by call in close air support, strafe, and bombing runs. The air operations took out machine gun...
Operationsanalysis is a designed business strategy used by organizations to determine whether the overall operational structure adheres to the proposed business plan adopted and utilized by the organization (Tatum and Bronwyn). The supply chain operations form a vital area in any business because it involved the supply and delivery of goods and services offered by a given company. There has been a rapid evolvement in the discipline of supply chain management creating many challenges to the current and future managers who have to move at the same rate the new analytical techniques are moving. In most cases, most supply chain managers struggle with these challenges and sometimes call for help from senior management of an organization to give them solutions to different scenarios subsidizing business operations and acquire additional skills on how to deal with problems in future (Ross 11).
This paper discusses the supply chain operations at Wal-Mart, providing a detailed analysis of problems the organization faces as it works to improve its supply chain management department. In addition to analysis of problems, a representation of the discovered problems is made and recommendations given.
Background information about the company and the industry
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...There is as much controversy amongst military historians surrounding the origin of
operational art as there is surrounding the origin and evolution ofhumankind. In order to
understand what operational art is and how it should be applied to present day military
operations it is first necessary to understand how operational art originated and how it
evolved. This section answers the question what is operational art, by looking first at it's
origins in theory and evolution in modern doctrine.
Operational art is defined today in joint doctrine as: The employment ofmilitary
forces to attain strategic and/or operational objectives through the design, organization,
integration, and conduct ofcampaigns, major operations, and battles. Operational art
translates the joint force commander's strategy into operational design, and, ultimately
tactical action, by integrating the key activities at all levels ofwar.
The Army definition found in the 1993 version ofFM 100-5 is: The employment
ofmilitary forces to attain strategic goals through the design, organization, integration,
and execution ofbattles and engagements into campaigns and major operations. In war,
operational art determines when, where, and for what purpose major forces will fight over
The joint and army doctrinal definitions are not really that different, their
similarities offer some clues to understanding the origin ofoperational art....
...Perception Gaps With McDonalds
McDonald’s, one of America’s favorite fast food brands, has very mixed reviews from its consumer base. As a result, several gaps in consumer perception of service vs management perception of service have developed. This starts with the initial experience at the register when the customer places their order. The average American expects quality service from food service establishments. This means that they expect to be treated with value and with respect. However, a common complaint made by McDonald’s customers is that the employees seem to never have the customer’s interest in mind. This may result from a misperception from the location’s management. The management may think that customers want nothing more than getting their food quickly, rather than expecting quality customer service. This is the first gap.
The second gap forms when the McDonald’s understands what the customer expects, yet has not set a foreseeable way to meet those expectations. This happens when management aims to fill 60 orders in an hour, but only hires three line cooks. There is no possible way of fulfilling that many orders that rapidly with that number of line-cooks. As a result, customers are often left waiting around either at the register or in the drive through. This causes many customers to get irate and some of the more impatient customers choose not to return.
The third gap exists when the management at McDonald’s sets specific standards for customer...
...of its competitors and contributed to further enhance the existing reputation of the brand.
In order to have this competitive edge, McDonald’s has taken some key measures to name a few along the years, namely:
Aggressive market research to continuously adapt to the changing needs and tastes of its customer, for e.g. seeking more food variety and gradually shifting towards healthier eating.
Value added services to adapt to people’s busy lives with great focus on convenience.
More choice and better pricing strategy to ensure excellent value for money; for e.g. extra value meals and combination of menus
Process standardization and attention to details to ensure product quality in each and every outlets.
A number of key decisions and operations have contributed to the overall strategy of McDonald’s. These are:
1. PRODUCT PLANNING: Continuous improvement to meet customer needs and preferences, adapting/customizing the menu to the local demands and tasted.
2. CAPACITY PLANNING: ensuring that there is enough stock of ingredients to prepare food items to respond quickly to the fluctuating demands.
3. LOCATION PLANNING: Setting up of the locale with a view on factors such as proximity to the source of raw material, proximity to customers or suppliers, transportation facility, etc.
4. INVENTORY & SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT: Ensuring that the proper raw-materials and services are available at the right time. At the same time, since the business deals with...
...BattleAnalysis: The Battle of Bull Run (First Manassas)
13 April 2012
The First Battle of Bull Run, or the First Manassas (as it was called by the Confederates), was the first legitimate land battle of the American Civil War. It was fought between the northern Union forces and the southern Confederate forces near the city of Manassas, Virginia, in the heat and humidity of a southern summer day. Bull Run is a tributary of the Potomac that divided the majority of the battlefield from southeast to northwest. The battle itself was fought on July 21st, 1861, though the Union Army began executing its movements to Virginia almost a week prior. The Civil War divided the states in simple terms of a Union north and a Confederate south, with a couple undecided states in the middle. The President of the Union was Abraham Lincoln and the Confederate President was Jefferson Davis. Months prior to Bull Run President Lincoln had appointed Brigadier General Irwin McDowell to command the Army of Northeastern Virginia. McDowell was a Mexican-American War veteran and West Point graduate. The commander of the Confederate Army of the Potomac was Brigadier General P.G.T. Beauregard, who was dubbed “The Hero of Sumter.” He was also commended for valor in the Mexican-American war and like McDowell, a graduate of West Point. The two were classmates at one point. Only months after the...