Accession Number : ADA623982


Title :   Mission Command and the Starfish Organizational Models: A Comparison of Organizational Philosophies in a Decentralized Combat Environment


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS


Personal Author(s) : Picco, Luciano F


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a623982.pdf


Report Date : 12 Jun 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 105


Abstract : This study compares the differences and similarities between the U.S. Army's Mission Command philosophy and the decentralized Starfish philosophy as applied to a decentralized combat environment. The Attack on the Ranch House battle that took place in Afghanistan provides a prime example of the execution of Mission Command within a U.S. unit, but not necessarily with its Coalition partners. This case study suggests that the U.S. Army's understanding of Mission Command philosophy along with the principles of the Starfish can help bridge that gap between the U.S. and its Coalition partners, especially in a decentralized environment. Not bridging the gap may adversely affect the future of military success against future decentralized threats.


Descriptors :   *DECENTRALIZATION , *MILITARY OPERATIONS , *MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS , *MISSIONS , AFGHANISTAN , ARMY , ATTACK , CASE STUDIES , COMPARISON , ENVIRONMENTS , MODELS , PHILOSOPHY , THESES , THREATS , WARFARE


Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE