The Origins of Effects-Based Operations

Meilinger, Phillip S.
October 2004
JFQ: Joint Force Quarterly;Autumn2004, Issue 35, p116
This article focuses on the origins of effects-based operations. Effects-based operations are defined by U.S. Joint Forces Command as a set of actions planned, executed, and assessed with a systems perspective that considers the effects needed to achieve policy aims via the integrated application of various instruments of power. Airmen have always aspired to conduct effects-based operations, although they did not use that term. The doctrine with which the U.S. went into World War II largely offered lists of standard targets.


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