Accession Number : ADA473400


Title :   Beslisbevoegdheden en Verantwoordelijkheden van de Uitgestegen Soldaat. Deel A: Verplaatsen van Beslisbevoegdheden (Authority and Responsibility of the Dismounted Soldier. Part A. Empowering the Dismounted Soldier)


Descriptive Note : Final rept.


Corporate Author : TNO DEFENCE SECURITY AND SAFETY SOESTERBERG (NETHERLANDS)


Personal Author(s) : Bruin, R de ; Bemmel, I E van ; Vliet, A J van


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a473400.pdf


Report Date : Apr 2007


Pagination or Media Count : 36


Abstract : This project investigated the proposition that dismounted soldiers would operate more effectively when they are more empowered, meaning they would be allowed to make a greater number of decisions by themselves. Increasing the level of empowerment follows changes in the Department of Defense concerning mission intent and network centric operations. The results of this project show that platoon and squad commanders already are allowed (and even obligated) to make all decisions concerning their own unit during normal framework operations. The primary reasons for this is that commanders have ears and eyes' in the field and communication with higher echelons is not guaranteed. The freedom of making decisions is however constrained by the prevailing rules of engagement and the mission intent of the superior officer. It is advisable to improve the exchange of information with higher echelons to further enhance the independence of operational commanders.


Descriptors :   *CONTROL , *DECISION MAKING , *MILITARY COMMANDERS , INFORMATION EXCHANGE , DUTCH LANGUAGE , PLATOON LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS , ARMY PERSONNEL , NETHERLANDS , MISSIONS


Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE