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Leadership Frameworks for Multi Domain Battle: Mindsets for Organizational Adaptability and Future Viability

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Technical Report,26 Jun 2017,24 May 2018

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US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States

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Due to changing complexities in the military operational landscape, including an increased emphasis on multi domain battle, the traditional military leadership hierarchy no longer provides an appropriate cultural mindset for efficiency or effectiveness in joint operations. This monograph discusses related US military doctrine, the problems with a rigid military hierarchy in complex environments, and how the military enterprise can best deal with changing complexity in its operating environments. While this monograph does not advocate for a wholesale update to the traditional command and control system, it argues that the US military should rethink its hierarchical leadership perspective. To breed innovation, creative thought, and adaptability, the US military must continue to evolve its traditional military leadership hierarchy model. Acceptance that an updated mindset for the way traditional military structure supports the military element of national power will enable future viability in joint operations and multi domain battle.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Administration and Management

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