Conrad Crane on „Mission Command“

The Army has always been enthralled with buzz words, the latest being „Mission Command.“  Which reminds me of something I heard years ago, an Army Commander (2 Star) said, „I am not sure what it is, but I want some of it.“  The Army knows they are looking for something but can’t define it.  Leave it to the Marines though to get it and for their response to go over the whiz kids heads.

„The Army now has a concept, a doctrine, and a warfighting function called mission command, with differing definitions. Developers of the concept from Ft. Leavenworth discussed revising it to encourage even more boldness and decentralization while doctrine writers from the same institution asserted that it could be tightly centralized if necessary. One speaker argued for the advantages of applying it when working with the joint and interagency communities, two groups who are ignorant of the term at best and resistant at worst. And the Marine Corps representative could not understand why a special concept was needed at all, since what was being discussed was just good leadership.“

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Retired as a Colonel in the United States Army after 33 years of service. Graduate of the VMI, MA in History at JMU, completed course work for Ph.D in History University of Tennessee.
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3 Antworten zu Conrad Crane on „Mission Command“

  1. DaveO schreibt:

    Doctrine writers want to pay their mortgages, too. How many civilians and generals could we fire if we insisted on soldiers soldiering and leaders leading, with victory as the standard?

    For fun and giggles, get Program Managers (colonels) from each school in one room and ask the question: „who should pay the bills?“


  2. burkemblog schreibt:

    When I hear the term „mission command,“ which seems redundant in many ways, I think of Lucian Truscott’s book Command Missions, about his WWII experiences. If anyone understands what people seem to have in mind with „mission command,“ it was Truscott.

    Truscott endeared himself to me for a couple of reasons–he’s the only WWII field Army commander who wasn’t a West Point graduate–their portraits hang in Grant Hall there, and him in his red leather jacket stands out. He also did something extraordinary at the dedication of the Rome-Sicily military cemetery, where he turned away from the audience and apologized to the dead for leading them to their graves. Truscott’s book is well worth rading–probably the best (most honest) of the WWII books by generals. He also wrote a book about his experiences as a cavalryman between the wars, which is one of the few works of nonfiction devoted to the daily life of the interwar Army. Sadly, it appears we’ll never have such an army again, as we seem destined to perpetual combat. Glad I’m retired from it.


  3. slater schreibt:

    Command and Signal, then Command and Control, or Mission Command…supply, not sustainment…everytime there’s a new TLA someone got a DMSM.


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