American Psychological Association

Enclosure 3: Analytical Essay


Purpose To assess the learner’s ability to evaluate leadership case studies using

academic writing to communicate the application of lessons learned to future



Additional References:

a ADP 6 0, Mission Command Command and Control of Army Forces pages 2 1 to

2 5.

b Perdue Online Writing Lab ( website, APA writing style (7th Edition)

c Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan A Case Study of Adaptation in Battle.


Guidance and Requirements:

a Develop an analytical essay using the seven principles of mission command to

appraise and compare the Operation Anaconda Case Study, March 2002. Use your

time to develop a deep understanding of your topic to fully explain your analysis.

b Construct the essay IAW the American Psychological Association ( Writing

Style (7th Edition) Your essay should include four major sections: a Title page, an

Abstract which is an in depth introduction of your topic, Main Body consisting of 3 full

pages and no more than 5 pages, and a Reference page with at least one additional

source for the bibliography.

c. Classroom time will be given to construct your essay on the day it is due. Due to

the length and complexity of the essay, it is highly recommended not t o rely solely on

the in class time given. To be successful, start working on your essay in advance.

d Your essay should be typed, double spaced on standard sized paper ( x 11″)

with 1″ margins on all sides. Use 12 pt. Times New Roman font.

e Include a page header (also known as the “running head”) at the top of every

page. To create a page header/running head, insert page numbers flush right. Then

type “TITLE OF YOUR PAPER” in the header flush left using all capital letters. The

running he ad is a shortened version of your paper’s title and cannot exceed 50

characters including spacing and punctuation.


Objective The student may choose to focus the essay on one or more of the

following objectives:

a Objective 1 Assess the implications of Operation Anaconda for command

structures for future joint expeditionary operations and tactical battles.

b Objective 2 Examine the challenge of generating accurate intelligence estimates

of enemy forces, intentions, and capabiliti es for tactical battles.

c Objective 3 Analyze the implications of Operation Anaconda for the capacity of

predetermined battle plans to forecast how events will actually unfold.

d Objective 4 Assess the roles that can be played by allied coalition forces in

battles such as Anaconda.

e Objective 5 Discuss why the forging of adaptive plans, supported by effective

forces, is important to preparing for battles such as Anaconda.

f Objective 6 Evaluate Anaconda’s lessons for dispersed operations with light

infantry forces in the Information Age.

g Objective 7 Examine the role of SOF forces in modern battles such as



8: Analyze the lessons of Anaconda for air ground interaction and CAS efforts

in battles.

h Objective 9 Assess Anaconda’s lessons for the role played by modern

information networks in battles.

i Objective 10 Examine the lessons of Anaconda for creating adaptable forces

during defense transformation


Explanation & Answer length: 5 pages