Mission Command in an Age of Persistent Conflict: Historical And Theoretical Approaches to Developing Mission Command
Air Command and Staff College, Air University Maxwell Air Force Base United States
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To better prepare the U.S. military to meet future challenges, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff CJCS General Martin Dempsey published his Mission Command White Paper in 2012. In it, Dempsey provides guidance highlighting the importance of mission command in the execution of operations at all levels of war, as well as the requirement to train and educate leaders on its proper implementation. Analysis of how other militaries have adopted mission command and the theoretical underpinnings of mission commands key components demonstrates that the U.S. military needs to fundamentally change its culture by adapting a more outcomes-based approach to its training and professional education.