Auftragstaktik: A Case for Decentralized Battle
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The main question this article attempts to answer is whether the US Army should formally adopt a concept akin to what is called Auftragstaktik. That this question needs answering may be surprising to many readers, since the much ballyhooed emphasis upon mission orders in the 1982 and 1986 editions of Field Manual 100-5, Operations, has been linked to Auftragstaktik. But the German concept means far more than mission orders. Indeed, it means more even than task-oriented or mission-oriented tactics, which though certainly a more sophisticated definition is still a rough and imperfect approximation.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics