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The Role of the NCO in Mission Command
Can Mission Command Actually Work? - Modern War Institute
Travis Zahnow Vandergriff believes the Army has over-invested in the latest command-and-control technology and under-invested in the education of junior leaders. In order to do adopt Auftragstaktik , Vandergriff argues, the Army needs to make some immediate changes to its centralized governance, top-down approaches to training and missions, and unwieldy doctrine. He argues that this industrial style of thinking prohibits the existence of the mission command that the service wants to institute. While the Army has made some headway toward changing, adjusting how it aligns assignments for its officers , how it assesses and picks its next battalion commanders , and its adoption of a merit-based promotion system , training methods remain fundamentally the same. Prussia, a small state surrounded by enemies, needed to fight wars that were kurtz und vives short and lively to survive, and necessitated a decision-making style in war that was rapid.
The Petraeus doctrine
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The military's new command system, known as mission command, requires that subordinate leaders at all levels are at once aggressive and disciplined in accomplishing the mission. Accordingly, the Chairman's "conduct of military operations through decentralized execution based upon mission type orders" calls for commensurate professional military education PME , but the emphasis on relative autonomy has not been as pronounced as needed. Among areas where PME is found wanting is not allowing students time to think about what they are learning. Implanting civilian instructors with more experience in building in time for research and reflection, and requiring writing—an operations order a week is suggested—will help develop the critical thinking mission command demands. The debate about the quality and role of professional military education PME has been much written about across the Armed Forces and the blogosphere.