Multinational And / Or Interagency Environment

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Multinational and/or interagency environment Working in a multinational or intra-agency environment always creates difficulties in implementing the mission command. Differences exist on points of view, approaches to solve a problem, tackle an issue or accomplish a task, military educational backgrounds and even rules of engagements or caveats from the home country or agency. Furthermore, in an environment where multinational or inter-agency inter-working occurs even at lower levels of hierarchy, such differences are potentially a source of “friction” between the contingents comprising a coalition or alliance force. A high-profile example of these differences resulting in conflict was between then Supreme Allied Commander Europe…show more content…
Thus, an officer in the Army that exercises the mission command most likely will draw upon a variety of resources at his disposal. The decentralized command requires extensive and training of junior personnel. To this end, the amount of training hours and resources spent on preparing a tough infantry officer or sergeant who knows how to fight and how to make others fight is enormous. This training was used to enhance their levels of knowledge of tactics, techniques and procedures within their area of expertise or specialty. Making them think ‘one or two levels up,’ formulating ideas, developing and executing plans by their commander’s intent, also is part of this training. Moreover, the necessary investment is not simply a question of financial and material resources – time is critical in the development of both individuals and organizations. Promotion of the best visionary leaders will provide a possible solution to reduce the costs of implementing mission command. Human factor – differences in command styles and lack of trust In addition to the abovementioned factors, definitely the human factor plays a significant role. Command styles differ from one leader to the other. No two commander’s intents are the same. The freedom that a junior officer may enjoy with a commander, it may disappear with the arrival of the new one. The amount of liberty that a leader provides for his subordinate commander relates to the lack
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