Field commanders and military scholars recognize the need for flexibility in planning and executing military operations. In operational art the concept of flexibility is embedded in the tenet of freedom of action. At any given time before or during a military operation, the commander seeks to maximize the number of feasible courses of actions. The more the operational options that are available for possible implementation, the larger is his flexibility and his freedom of action. In the decision-sciences literature, flexibility is sometimes defined similarly as the number of optional alternatives left over after one has made an initial decision 2,3. By increasing the range of optional alternatives, flexibility essentially reduces the number and the severity of the operational constraints.
KeywordsOperational Logistics Military Operation Operational Flexibility Demand Node Weapon System
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