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The Challenges of Adopting Mission Command Philosophy in the Armenian Armed Forces

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Technical Report

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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At the beginning of 2017, Armenias Defense Minister confirmed the determination to adopt the culture of mission command as the main command philosophy. Although there is a desire among Armenian Armed Forces high officials to adopt the decentralized style of command, the specific challenges and necessary conditions of adopting the philosophy of mission command have not been identified. This thesis examines the principles of the mission command philosophy as practiced in the US Army and determines the barriers that the Armenian Armed Forces may encounter during the mission command philosophys implementation process. The result of the analysis shows that the Armenian Armed Forces need several changes and reforms in order to implement a decentralized style of command. In this case, the U.S. example of mission command philosophy is the most appropriate for the Armenian Armed Forces that can be used as a base model. Also, this thesis recommends options that the Armenian Armed Forces may use to overcome identified challenges.

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  • Humanities and History
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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