Essay on The Military Decision Making Process

923 Words Sep 24th, 2016 4 Pages
Decision making is identifying the problem, analyzing the problem, find solutions for the problem and decide the solution for the problem. This is the army definition of Decision making. “Decision making is knowing if to decide, then when and what to decide. It includes understanding the consequence of decisions.”(FM101-5) The military decision-making process (MDMP) is “An iterative planning methodology to understand the situation and mission, develop a course of action, and produce an operation plan or order.” (ADP5-0)
The development of MDMP is going back before World War I. Alfred von Schlieffen (1833-1913); he was Chief of the imperial German General Staff during 1891 through 1906. He developed the Schlieffen plan. The plan is the German army plan to go war with France and Russia. It was created to avoid two front wars. First, take France out of the war fast by going around Belgium. Once, France under controlled. Move all available German army to Russia and finished the war. The Schlieffen plan was a failure. Because of the lack of communication, transportation, and failure of leadership to understand of battle fields. At the time of development of the Schlieffen plan. The US Army didn’t have the published staff doctrine and the 1910 publication didn’t include a description of staff processes. 1914 field service regulation mentioned the need for Staff doctrines process. Following World War I (1914-1918), the 1924 Field Service Regulation included…

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