Voodoolmaran They intervene during execution only to direct changes, when necessary, to the concept of operations. Army forces conduct operations in complex, ever-changing, and uncertain operational environments. Commanders and staffs actively build and maintain shared understanding within the force and with unified action partners by maintaining collaboration and dialogue throughout the operations process planning, preparation, execution, and assessment. When delegating adrpp to subordinates, commanders do everything in their power to set the conditions for success.
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This publication contains an expanded discussion on the overarching doctrinal guidance on command, control, and the mission command warfighting function. It describes how commanders, supported by their staffs, combine the art of command and the science of control to understand situations, make decisions, direct action, and lead forces toward mission accomplishment.
This publication expands on the principles of mission command found in ADP ADRP remains generally consistent with the doctrine in the edition of Field Manual FM , Mission Command, on key topics, while adopting updated terminology and concepts as necessary. These topics include mission command as a foundation of unified land operations and updated mission command warfighting function tasks. The significant change from FM , , is the restructuring of doctrinal information.
The principles of the mission command philosophy of command and the mission command warfighting function are now found in ADP and ADRP Under the restructuring plan, several new FMs will address the specific tactics and procedures associated with mission command. Mission command is one of the foundations of unified land operations. Mission command emphasizes centralized intent and dispersed execution through disciplined initiative.
This precept guides leaders toward mission accomplishment. The mission command warfighting function is the related tasks and systems that develop and integrate those activities enabling a commander to balance the art of command and the science of control in order to integrate the other warfighting functions.
Disciplined initiative fosters agile and adaptive forces. Throughout operations, unexpected opportunities and threats rapidly present themselves. The nature of military operations requires responsibility and decision making at the point of action. Agile leaders are comfortable with uncertainty and understand that disciplined initiative is an important part of being adaptive. Successful Army leaders adapt their thinking, their formations, and their employment techniques to the specific situation they face.
Adaptive leaders realize that concrete answers or perfect solutions to operational problems are rarely apparent. They understand that there may be periods of reduced uncertainty as the situation evolves. Agile and adaptive leaders use initiative to set and dictate the terms of action. They accept they will often have to act despite significant gaps in their understanding. Agile and adaptive leaders make timely adjustments in response to changes in their operational environment. Through mission command, commanders integrate and synchronize operations.
Commanders understand they do not operate independently but as part of a larger force. They integrate and synchronize their actions with the rest of the force to achieve the overall objective of the operation. Commanders create and sustain shared understanding and purpose through collaboration and dialogue within their organizations and with unified action partners to facilitate unity of effort.
To function effectively and have the greatest chance for mission accomplishment, commanders, supported by their staffs, exercise mission command throughout the conduct of operations.
Material referenced includes a full chapter 40 pages on Mission Command to include: 6 pages of mission command overview principles, exercising, philosophy, and information , 10 pages on mission command as a warfighting function integration, mission command system, commander and staff tasks and responsibilities, additional tasks , 12 pages on command posts organization and CP types, CP operations, organization considerations, effectiveness and survivability factors, shift changes, command post cells and staff sections, functional and integrating cells, battle rhythm and working groups , 6 pages on liaison fundamentals, duties, receiving and sending unit responsibilities, and considerations , and 6 pages on military deception principles, process and capability, in support of operations, tactics and means, planning steps, in the operations process.
SMARTbooks can be used as quick reference guides during operations, as study guides at education and professional development courses, and as lesson plans and checklists in support of training.
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