Mission Command Research Paper

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The Describe Activity of Mission Command in Post War Iraq Taking the field in 2003, the U.S Army, the most dominate fighting force in the world seized the initiative in Iraq. This paper outlines the staging of one command, the 101st Airborne Division, their commander Major General Petraeus, and the challenges of shifting rolls from combat to nation building and the effective transfer of power. Additionally, this paper will detail the Mission Command philosophy, specifically the describe action with the four step process of commander’s intent, planning guidance, critical information and friendly information as pertains to developing the commander’s intent during the initial occupation of Mosul, Iraq. While little was known about the current…show more content…
The process or philosophy to accomplish this task is mission command. (ADP 6-0) defines mission command as the exercise of authority and direction by the commander using mission orders to enable disciplined initiative within the commander’s intent to empower agile and adaptive leaders in the conduct of unified land operations. Empowerment is key to this concept. There was a crushing amount of tasks to rebuild a country while maintaining security and favor of the civilian population. Sharing a clear understanding of the situation, mission, and intent with the multitude of personalities, subordinates, and staff diminished the slow and cumbersome process of issuing orders and ensuring compliance under command and control philosophy further detailed by (Perkins,…show more content…
Two components are friendly force information and priority intelligence requirements. Critical to his success, Major General Petraeus monitored the mood and posture in the civilian population. Excessive or over aggressive military operations could swing the balance of support and potentially loose the advantage gained. This became a critical information requirement. Friendly information Essential Elements of Friendly Information (EEFIs) are the last component to the describe action of mission command. EEFIs identify information that would endanger the success of the mission if identified. The actions of mission command to this point are all elements in planning. The actions of understand, visualize and describe with the four step process of intent, planning, CCIR and EEFIs. The remaining actions of mission command follow in the conduct operations process. The actions included are direct, lead and assess.
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