Strategic Leadership Of Operation Husky

1543 Words Jan 13th, 2016 7 Pages
The operational level commanders, of Operation Husky, failed to provide adequate command and control and were average in their integration of the joint Allied force. The Allied Force Commander, General Eisenhower, and the 15th Army Group Commander, General Alexander, failed to apply mission command and specifically the elements of commander’s intent, mutual trust, and understanding. Furthermore, the Allied Force Headquarters, and specifically the air component commander, Air Chief Marshal Tedder, poorly integrated the air component into the joint force. Though Operation Husky is considered an important Allied victory, the poor performance of the operational level commanders resulted in the Axis forces’ successful evacuation of over 100,000 men and 10,000 vehicles from Sicily. This essay will evaluate command and control and specifically the three mission command attributes of commander’s intent, mutual trust and understanding. It will then evaluate the operational leadership’s integration of military force as defined by Joint Publication 1 (JP-1) of: “The arrangement of military forces and their actions to create a force that operates by engaging as a whole”. It will evaluate the air and maritime component’s performance in the joint functions of movement and maneuver, fires, protection and sustainment as it applies to their support of the joint force. Finally, it concludes with what the negative ramifications were of the Allied operational leadership’s failure…
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