Mission Command - Transforming Command and Control
ARMY COMBINED ARMS CENTER FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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Admiral Mullen stated that future commanders must combine and subsequently adapt some combination of combat, security, engagement, and relief and reconstruction. Today the U.S. Military is faced with ill-structured problems set within complex operational environments. Such conditions are highly likely to continue in the near and distant future. It is also likely that the whole of government approach will not be feasible anytime soon and the military will continue to be the lead actor for projecting all instruments of national power. Admiral Mullen further stated we must create new doctrine and establish new methods for integrating our actions. Complex problems set within complex operational environments cannot be fully understood before beginning to solve them. The true nature of such problems can only be learned through operational actions. The Capstone Concept for Joint Operations CCJO states that the more widely the premises and practices of mission command are infused throughout the joint force, the more effective joint synergy will be. Refinements to various command and control concepts are needed in order to meet future operational requirements. Proposed refinements revolve around framing the operational environment and its problems, operational design, learning through action, and integrating operations process activities within a more holistic mission command.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics