Small Wars Journal

mission command

Empowering a Mission Command Climate SWJED Tue, 09/24/2019 - 12:07am
As the Department of Defense shifts its national defense strategy to re-establish dominance against near-peer threats by synchronizing joint and coalition forces in full-spectrum operations, the Army is well served to update its doctrine into a universally shared language with sister services and allied partners.
Practicing What We Preach: Creating a Culture to Support Mission Command SWJED Sun, 07/21/2019 - 11:02am
This is a practical guide for unit cultural change - a simple yet powerful tool for command teams to create shared understanding around “what is,” what we would prefer, but most importantly, how to discuss what change means on a day-to-day basis.
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.
Hypervisibility: Mission Command’s Unseen Adversary SWJED Sun, 03/04/2018 - 1:21am

The increased proliferation of information collection technologies is becoming a threat to the Army’s Mission Command Philosophy.

Introducing the Notion of “Type II” Mission Command SWJED Sat, 09/30/2017 - 1:20am

This is a synopsis of a chapter I wrote in the newly released book, "Mission Command: The Who, What, Where, When and Why: An Anthology".

From Sacred Cow to Agent of Change: Reconceiving Maneuver in Light of Multi-Domain Battle and Mission Command SWJED Wed, 09/20/2017 - 6:37am

One of the authors of this article previously proposed an alternative definition that recognizes the need to consider more than fires and movement alone.