The Philosophy Of Mission Command Essay

1164 Words Oct 10th, 2016 5 Pages
Unified land operation is the Army operating concept which is executed through decisive actions and guided by mission command. The Army’s framework for exercising mission command is operations process (plan, prepare, execute, and assess). Embedded by the philosophy and principles of mission command, the commander, supported by his staff, drives the operation process to execute conceptual planning or detailed planning necessary for him to understand, visualize, describe, direct, lead, and continuously assess the operation. The purpose of this paper is to reflect the knowledge I have gained on the philosophy of mission command, warfighting functions and operation process, and cogitate how can I apply it in my future assignment to effectively advise my commander.
Philosophy of Mission Command
The Army defines mission command philosophy 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” (Army Doctrine Reference Publication 6-0, 2012, p. 1). This philosophy is guided by six principles namely building cohesive teams thorough mutual trust, creating shared understanding, providing a clear commander’s intent, exercising disciplined initiative, using mission orders and accepting prudent risk. By understanding the application of this philosophy and principles, I can exercise disciplined initiative by using my…

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