General Petraeus Case Study

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A Vision of Success: General Petraeus and the City of Mosul Army doctrine reference publication (ADRP) 6-0 describes 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 (2012).” One component of mission command is to visualize. To visualize is to create a mental picture of a process and a result. The commander must visualize the End State and the nature and design of the operation. He must consider all aspects of unified land operations to include offense, defense, stability, and defense support of civilian considerations. To aid his visualization, …show more content…
MG Petraeus higher command had given him an objective: to “set the conditions for the battle hand-off” (Lundburg, 2006). It was his responsibility to visualize what this would look like in Mosul. Lundburg describes three parts of MG Petraeus’ operational vision: a secure environment, basic life services restored, and a return to normalcy for the population. These parts had to fit within his strategic level vision of supporting the U.S. national interest (2006). In order to reach these goals, he had to visualize a course of …show more content…
Collaboration is not merely coordination, but rather it involves working together towards a common goal
(ADRP 6-0). Commanders gain valuable insight by sharing their vision and listening to the insights of others. Through this dialogue, participants gain trust. This trust is critical to working towards a common goal with a common sense of purpose. “Without trust, there will be no relationship, no commitment, and no effective communication among parties (ADP 6-22).” MG Petraeus faced a multi-faceted issue. He had to create shared understanding and trust throughout a large military organization and throughout a population. He tackled this problem by establishing a battle rhythm that included daily meetings with his commanders followed by meetings with the local stakeholders. His commanders attended the stakeholders meeting as well. Communication and negotiation toward a unified vision helped to create trust relationships. This shared understanding allowed the formation of common goals.
Shared Understanding Facilitates Establishment of Common

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