Mission Command and the United States Navy: Overcoming Doctrinal Hurdles to Enable Mission Command
JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT United States
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Current United States Navy command and control doctrine suppresses the development of the mission command approach to command and control advocated by the Joint force. By suppressing the development and implementation of mission command, Navy doctrine institutionalizes unnecessary decision-making costs that negatively impact an operational commanders ability to successfully employ forces to attack effectively first. The full implementation of mission command requires a revision of Navy command and control doctrine that fully aligns with the tenets of mission command to ensure that operational leaders can successfully employ their forces at the speed of the problem. A revision of command and control doctrine is needed to provide the appropriate demand signal to the generating force required to select, train, and educate future Navy leaders capable of operating successfully under the auspices of mission command.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics