Why We Utilize Mission Command. Throughout History, Commanders

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Why We Utilize Mission Command Throughout history, commanders and leaders at all echelons in armies across the globe have been required to make many decisions that affect operations both at home and abroad. These decisions were based on many different facts and assumptions available to the commander and his staff and then synthesized to produce orders for the various missions that were conducted across a myriad of operational environments. In today’s Army, commanders utilize the philosophy of mission command, which became prominent in the 1980’s. They do this through the integration of the warfighting functions when conducting unified land operations (ADRP 6-0, 2012). The purpose of this paper is to explain what mission command is and…show more content…
2-1). Each of these principles is an essential part of the overall philosophy of mission command and its application throughout operations in the conduct of unified land operations. These principles help build the understanding and trust necessary for Soldiers to act when it is necessary because commanders cannot be in all places at all times, nor can they can plan for every single change that may occur on the ground. Build Cohesive Teams The first principle is to build cohesive teams through mutual trust. Building trust takes time and effort and requires commanders to work diligently to earn and then keep that trust. This is one reason why battlefield circulation is so important. When commanders and leaders take the time to get to know their Soldiers they build a relationship that helps form a bond of trust. Create Shared Understanding The second principle is to create shared understanding so that all units involved have a clear understanding of their operational environment, its purpose, problems, and approaches to solving them. Commanders must share their vision so that everyone knows exactly what their purpose is and how they can help to achieve mission success. When we understand the operational environment, the problem, and how to work to solve the problem we become vested in the
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