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.”