Azimuth Check: Where are we with Commander's Intent.
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES
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This monograph examines why many commanders continue to have problems writing effective commanders intent statements. Doctrine writers reintroduced Commanders intent to United States Army doctrine with the 1982 version of FM 100-5, Operations. Fourteen years have passed since then and many commanders intent statements that appear in orders are still meaningless words for staffs and subordinate commanders. The Commanders Intent white Paper describes commanders intent as the cornerstone of mission tactics and critical to Army operations. The commanders intent is probably the most important thing a commander must communicate to his subordinates. Feedback from the combat training centers reveals that many of the intent statements do not reflect a clear vision of how commanders intend to accomplish their mission.
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