Small Wars Journal

mission command

Why History Matters: Making Junior Leaders More Effective SWJED Tue, 08/28/2018 - 12:37am
With posters on Mission Command adorning virtually every classroom at the US Army’s Command and General Staff College, and with its prominence as one of the pillars of the Army’s Operational Concept, the term Mission Command has become a buzzword. One of the concept’s true benefits relies on quality personnel, and developing those leaders through the proper use of historical case studies can help to not only make military history engaging but also useful in everyday duties for even a young officer or a non-commissioned officer, and contribute to developing quality personnel.
How to Develop for Mission Command: The Missing Link SWJED Thu, 06/28/2018 - 1:03am
The Army 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. But before a culture of Mission Command (Auftragstaktik) succeeds, the Army must possess the moral courage to identify countless Industrial Age barriers
How the Germans Defined Auftragstaktik: What Mission Command is - AND - is Not SWJED Thu, 06/21/2018 - 12:17pm
As an institution, the U.S. Army has yet to see Mission Command as what it really is - a culture of professionalism. All too often, we have sought tangible metrics at the expense of holistic understanding.
The Paradox of Control SWJED Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:02pm

Fighting the urge for unnecessary control is a difficult addiction to break. It requires trust not commonly seen, especially when outcomes are unknown.