General Petraeus Case Study

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, the commander must understanding the operating environment and running estimates of enemy and resources available. Major General (MG) …show more content…
None of this vision would be easy to understand for his men or for the population. MG Petraeus had to create shared understanding if any of this was to succeed.
The Critical Challenge of Creating Shared Understanding Mission command is based on mutual trust and shared understanding (ADRP 6-0). Shared understanding forms the basis for unity of effort. MG Petraeus communicated continually with his subordinate commanders and civilian authorities to gain unity of effort and maintain understanding as situations changed. To reach the desired end-state, everyone had to understand his vision. This continual communication built trust.
Shared Understanding Forms the Basis of Trust Collaboration accomplishes creation of shared understanding. Collaboration is not merely coordination, but rather it involves working together towards a common

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