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Operational Art Study Day

  • Harold Lee Room Pembroke College Oxford OX1 1DW (map)

There have been some allegations that Operational Art in Western forces in the early twenty-first century is in crisis. A system developed to maximize efficiency against a conventional enemy appears to falter when confronted with violent non-state actors, insurgency or the new constraints imposed by a climate of cautious political leaders, intense media scrutiny and legal obligations. Is the criticism valid? Are the principles and processes that underpinned Operational Art redundant? Or is it that, in fact, the complexities of stabilisation missions and counter-insurgency have overwhelmed the functions of the operational level? Are there solutions? This study day will revisit the origins and purpose of the operational level of war, examine developments over recent decades and make suggestions about the future of Operational Art, or its replacement.

Speakers include:
Lt Gen (rtd) Sir John Kiszely
Dr Frank Hoffman
Dr Bruce Gundmundsson
Dr Robert Johnson
Dr Eitan Shamir
Dr Dema Adamsky

This event is free for members of the University (with a valid blue Bodleian card). External participants are welcome, but will pay a booking fee of £50 to cover the cost of lunch and refreshments. Registration is required for this event. Registration is available via Eventbrite.

or more information see the Operational Art pdf. Click here for how to find Pembroke College.