Sample Campaign Plans and Staff Assessments for NATO's Southern Region

by David A. Shlapak, Samuel Gardiner, William Simons

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This Note is the product of an intensive six-month effort by the RAND Strategy Assessment Center in support of the National Defense University's (NDU) spring 1988 Allied Forces Southern Europe seminar war game. This week-long exercise represented the capstone in the university's year-long program to introduce field-grade officers to the concepts and issues involved in joint and combined operations at the theater level. RAND provided game materials for both NDU students and faculty. The Note comprises the reference materials developed for the exercise, including (1) a summary of the geography of the Southern Region; (2) a sample staff assessment of the overall balance of forces in the area; (3) parallel assessments for each of the three land subtheaters (Northern Italy, the Balkans, and Eastern Turkey); (4) a sample NATO campaign plan; (5) a sample Warsaw Pact campaign plan for the Southwestern theater of military operations; and (6) a quantitative NATO-Warsaw Pact force balance summary for the Southern Region.

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