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In support of the Joint community's efforts to develop a viable operational concept, the author argues that the Rapid Decisive Operations (RDO) concepts developers deserve high praise for attempting to link two relative properties--speed and decisiveness--but that the definition of RDO is at present incoherent and based on several deeply flawed assumptions. The author concludes that RDO creates dubious expectations and will likely fail to balance the strengths and weaknesses introduced by new technologies. He further recommends a method for identifying and addressing an operational concept s critical assumptions.
Rapid decisive operations; effects-based operations; assumptions-based planning; concept development; operational concepts; Echevarria
Antulio J. Echevarria II,
Rapid Decisive Operations: An Assumptions-Based Critique ( US Army War College Press, 2001),