The Application of Doctrinal Language to Mission Statements in Low Intensity Environments
MARINE CORPS UNIV QUANTICO VA
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Conduct a presence patrol in order to maintain stability in the area may say a great many things to your average squad leader, but it does not tell him his mission. Maneuver warfare requires decentralized command, and hence mission tactics are central from the practical perspective of considering how to apply doctrine to action. While certainly this means commanders should avoid specifying some details of how the mission must be accomplished and requires a subordinates exercise of initiative framed by proper guidance and understanding, in a sense of real-world execution it also means the subordinate must be tasked with a mission. Difficulties in effectively assigning tasks in less than high-intensity environments arise from ineffective application of doctrinal language, not a lack of applicable doctrine.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics