Leadership in the Shenandoah Valley and North Africa: Historical Studies in Mission Command
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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Mission command, as outlined in Army Doctrine Reference Publication ADRP 6-0, Mission Command, is the contemporary philosophy through which army commanders combine mission, intent, and subordinate initiative to win in unified land operations. Though not known to them as mission command, prominent leaders such as Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and Major General Thomas J. Stonewall Jackson used similar concepts. This study specifically examines how these leaders employed three of the six principles outlined in current mission command doctrine. They are 1 build cohesive teams through mutual trust, 2 exercise disciplined initiative, and 3 provide a clear commanders intent. Determining the methods that these commanders employed during their celebrated campaigns through the framework of mission command highlights characteristics that will benefit military leaders at all levels. The linkages between these historical campaigns and current mission command philosophy are the focus of this study.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics