Accession Number : ADA262629


Title :   Training for Uncertainty


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Hodges, Frederick B


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a262629.pdf


Report Date : 04 Feb 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 55


Abstract : Uncertainty and confusion in warfare make decision making a challenge. Every commander must determine whether or not the information he has is valid or complete, and whether or not he should wait for additional information which may arrive at any moment. The analytical skill and courage to make this determination are essential for successful combat leadership. This monograph examines the theoretical and doctrinal advantages of junior leader initiative and delegation of decision making authority within a decentralized system of command in a battalion. It analyzes a model for implementing a decentralized system of command which is based on encouraging and teaching risk taking, initiative, and independent decision making. The monograph's main feature is a series of training techniques and exercises which will enable a battalion to achieve each of the five conditions called for in the model. This monograph acknowledges that adopting this model entails risk. Any commander who fosters initiative within his young, inexperienced subordinates is bound to see mistakes and errors. In order to train young leaders who are willing to take risks and make independent decisions, however, providing such opportunities is the commander's duty. This monograph will help commanders and S-3s better understand how they can fulfill that duty....Training, Officer training, Leadership, Leader development, Command, Command and control, Tactical decision making, Risk taking, Professional development.


Descriptors :   *UNCERTAINTY , *DECISION MAKING , *INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS , *MILITARY COMMANDERS , *LEADERSHIP TRAINING , MILITARY INTELLIGENCE , CONTROL , WARFARE , MILITARY STRATEGY , RISK , LEADERSHIP , EDUCATION , SKILLS , MODELS , TRAINING , TRAINING DEVICES , BATTALION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS , COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS , ERRORS , TACTICAL ANALYSIS , OFFICER PERSONNEL , PERSONNEL DEVELOPMENT , TRAINING MANAGEMENT , COMMAND GUIDANCE


Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE