Accession Number : AD1038414


Title :   Managing the Civil-Military Relationship: A Study of Lincoln's Management of the Army of the Potomac Within the Context of Mission Command


Descriptive Note : Technical Report


Corporate Author : US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States


Personal Author(s) : Allen,David P


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1038414.pdf


Report Date : 09 Jun 2017


Pagination or Media Count : 95


Abstract : The civil-military relationship that exists between the U.S. Army and the legislative and executive branches of government must maintain a foundation of shared understanding and trust in order to function in today's dynamic world. This study endeavors to provide a historical case study of President Lincoln and his leadership of the commanding generals of the Army of the Potomac in order to extrapolate a successful methodology applicable to today's civil-military relationship. This research draws a historical parallel through current U.S. Army mission command doctrinal language towards an understanding of how focusing effort through shared understanding can facilitate not only the issuance, but also the receipt of best military advice. President Lincoln utilized a combination of both personal and positional power to effect change when needed, and to develop a unity of vision toward both action and effort. Lincoln understood that there was a national relationship that must be fostered and developed with his military. Lincoln's leadership of not only his Army of the Potomac but also his cabinet illuminate an example of what a unifying philosophy can provide to a system of balance that exists by design in the U.S. civil-military construct.


Descriptors :   military history , CIVIL WAR (UNITED STATES) , CIVIL AFFAIRS , Management , Leadership , military doctrine , army , united states government , MILITARY COMMANDERS , PRESIDENT (UNITED STATES) , general officers , military advisors


Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Government and Political Science
      Humanities and History
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE