RUSI JournalVolume 160Issue 5members only

The 'Operational Level' and Maritime Forces


Despite a lack of discussion of the subject, the ‘operational level’ and operational art are relevant to the maritime environment, albeit in different ways from land warfare

The ‘operational level’ of war tends to be considered primarily from the land perspective, with relatively little thought given to its relevance to the maritime environment. In this article, Tim Benbow assesses the concept of the operational level, suggesting that although sometimes misused, it does have utility. He argues that the operational level and operational art both apply to the maritime environment. He then explores the ways in which the

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