THE INTERACTIONS OF GENERALS AND COMMANDERS, AND THEIR EFFECTS ON OPERATIONS
Baldwin, Andrew J.
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This study examines an overarching research question: to what extent do military leaders’ personalities and command relations affect strategy and operations? The method used for this study is a single-case qualitative case study applied to an historical exemplar of the relationship between Generals Eisenhower and Spaatz during the Combined Bomber Offensive (CBO) for the purpose of initial development of theory for General Officer (GO) professional interpersonal conduct. The reason for choosing this particular case is that this relationship occurred amidst one of the most turbulent strategic times for GOs and fostered a great deal of cooperation amongst a large group of GOs. The case study hypotheses were disproved as strategic decisions were made from an analytic standpoint and not borne out of personality conflicts or blind spots due to personal schema. It is concluded that the conduct of GOs can radically alter strategy and it is of utmost importance that officers conduct themselves in a manner divorced from any personal conflicts for the best allocation of combat forces.