Operations Analysis Homework, The operations analysis assignment is a 2,000-word

    Operations Analysis Instructions
    The operations analysis assignment is a 2,000-word (+/- 10%) essay examining the
    relevant facets of a particular military operation. It requires a scholarly consideration of
    the background to the operation, the planning and conduct of the operation, and the
    lessons that political and military leaders should learn from the operation.
    Options
    Choose one of the following operations to analyse:
    • Operation Anaconda, Afghanistan, 2002
    • Operation Odyssey Dawn, Libya, March 2011
    • Operation Desert Storm, Iraq, 1991
    • Operation Phantom Thunder, Iraq, 2007
    • Operation Inherent Resolve, Syria/Iraq, 2014-present

    Approach
    This assignment is an opportunity for you to address the overarching question that we
    have been considering throughout the unit: what makes for the effective use of military
    force?
    In order to effectively answer that question with regard to your operation of choice, you
    will need to make a broad determination about whether or not the operation was
    successful (or, perhaps, partially successful), and then you will need to explain why you
    think the operation succeeded or failed.
    In determining the success or failure of the operation you should consider both immediate
    but also, importantly, longer term, second and third order consequences. For instance,
    immediate operational success may contribute to future strategic or political problems due
    to the way the operation was carried out.
    Given Luttwak’s definition of operations as ‘schemes of warfare that seek to attain the
    goals set by theatre strategy through suitable combinations of tactics’, an assessment of
    your chosen operation will need to consider both strategic factors (i.e., the level above the
    operational level of war) and tactical factors (i.e., the level below the operational level).
    Among the types of issues and topics you might consider are: strategic context; purpose
    and objectives (both political and military); command and leadership; major force
    components and weapons systems; relevant military doctrine and principles; legal and
    ethical issues; and the narratives used to explain and give meaning to the operation.
    The exact factors you decide to focus on will vary according to the operation you choose
    and how you decide to approach the analysis. Remember, too, that explanations for
    operational success or failure do not just depend on the side initiating the operation but
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    also on the actions of the enemy.
    In addition to providing an overview of the operation and assessing its effectiveness, you
    should also suggest wider lessons and strategic implications that can be derived from your
    analysis.
    This assignment will require more research than the policy memo assignment, and it will
    require a different type of research. Beyond tracking down news articles, press releases,
    etc., you should also identify and consider more academic sources such as scholarly books,
    journal articles, and good-quality military, government, or think-tank reports on your
    chosen operation. The unit readings should also be used, where appropriate, to support
    your analysis and help you to develop an argument about the operation’s effectiveness.
    Format and style
    You can choose to write a piece that reads as a single narrative or break your essay into
    sections with sub-headings. Sub-headings, if you include them, and references (whether
    in-text or footnotes) are included in the word count. Bibliographies or lists of references
    are not included in the word count. In terms of font and spacing, please use 12-point
    Times New Roman font with 1.5 spacing.
    Referencing
    It is important that you correctly cite the sources you use and provide a reference
    list/bibliography of those sources at the end of your paper. You can use either the Harvard
    or Oxford referencing systems. The library has information on the referencing systems
    here.
    Marking criteria
    A marking rubric for this assignment is available on iLearn.
    Deadline
    The operations analysis assignment is due by 11:59pm on Friday 19 October 2018. Please
    submit your essay using the Turnitin dropbox. If you do not submit your assignment on
    time, 2% of the available mark will be deducted for each day (including weekends) the
    memo is late. No assignment will be accepted more than seven (7) days, including
    weekends, after the original submission deadline.

    Criteria Excellent (HD)
    85-100
    Very good (D)
    (75-84)
    Good (Cr)
    (65-74)
    Needs improvement (P)
    (50-64)
    Fail
    (0-49)
    1. Foundations (20%) The essay is built upon an
    excellent understanding of
    the operation, as exhibited by
    the wide range of sources
    used and the depth of
    engagement with those
    sources; unit readings have
    been well used, where
    appropriate, to enhance the
    analysis of the essay.
    The essay is built upon a
    very good understanding of
    the operation, as exhibited by
    the solid range of sources
    used and the depth of
    engagement with those
    sources; unit readings have
    been well used, where
    appropriate, to enhance the
    analysis of the essay.
    The essay is built upon a
    good understanding of the
    operation, although some
    flaws and/or confusion are
    evident; some appropriate
    sources have been used,
    although the depth of
    engagement with those
    sources is variable; unit
    readings have been used,
    although not always
    convincingly.
    The essay is built upon a
    satisfactory understanding of
    the operation, although some
    serious flaws and/or
    confusion are evident; some
    appropriate sources have
    been used, although the
    depth of engagement with
    those sources is weak; unit
    readings have been used
    sporadically, and less than
    convincingly.
    The essay is built upon an
    inadequate understanding of
    the operation; little or no
    attempt has been made to
    identify and use appropriate
    sources, or such sources have
    been used inappropriately;
    little or no attempt has been
    made to use unit readings to
    enhance the essay’s analysis.
    2. Substance (40%) The essay makes a
    convincing argument as to
    the operation’s success or
    failure, and in doing so
    offers an excellent analysis
    of appropriate factors that
    contributed to that success or
    failure; the significance of
    the essay’s argument is well
    conveyed through the
    identification of lessons that
    should be learned from the
    operation.
    The essay makes a
    convincing argument as to
    the operation’s success or
    failure, and in doing so
    offers a very good analysis
    of mostly appropriate factors
    that contributed to that
    success or failure; the
    significance of the essay’s
    argument is well conveyed
    through the identification of
    lessons that should be
    learned from the operation.
    The essay makes a plausible
    argument as to the
    operation’s success or
    failure, and in doing so
    offers a solid analysis of
    relevant factors that
    contributed to that success or
    failure, although there are
    gaps or flaws in the
    identification and/or analysis
    of those factors; a good
    attempt has been made to
    identify lessons that should
    be learned.
    The essay makes a plausible
    argument as to the
    operation’s success or
    failure, although the
    identification and analysis of
    contributing factors is weak
    in places; an attempt has
    been made to identify
    lessons that should be
    learned from the operation,
    but the lessons might not
    clearly flow from the
    preceding analysis.
    The essay’s argument as to
    the operation’s success or
    failure lacks plausibility or is
    non-existent; the
    identification and analysis of
    relevant factors against
    which the operation should
    be assessed is confused, very
    weak, and/or contradictory;
    little or no attempt has been
    made to identify lessons that
    should be learned.
    3. Style (40%) The essay reads smoothly;
    the structure is clear;
    sentences, paragraphs and
    sections nicely transition into
    the following ones; the tone
    is appropriate, with apt word
    choices, succinct phrasing,
    and an absence of hyperbole;
    there are no spelling or
    grammatical mistakes.
    The essay mostly reads
    smoothly; the structure is
    clear; transitions between
    sentences, paragraphs and
    sections are generally well
    done; the tone is appropriate,
    with apt word choices,
    succinct phrasing, and an
    absence of hyperbole; there
    are very few spelling or
    grammatical mistakes.
    The essay is generally well
    written, although disjointed
    in places, i.e., the structure is
    not entirely clear, or some of
    the transitions between
    sentences, paragraphs and/or
    sections jar; the tone is
    mostly appropriate, although
    some awkward phrasing or
    word choices may be
    evident; some grammatical
    mistakes.
    The essay can be
    comprehended, but lacks a
    clear structure and/or has a
    number of abrupt shifts
    between sentences,
    paragraphs and/or sections; it
    exhibits awkward phrasing
    and poor word choices in
    some places; there are
    spelling and/or grammatical
    errors.
    The essay has substantial
    problems at the sentence and
    paragraph levels, and may be
    incomprehensible in places;
    tone and language is
    inappropriate; there are a
    considerable number of
    spelling or grammatical
    errors.
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