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AUSA Mission Command Symposium

Hosted by Association of the United States Army (AUSA)

Mission Command Center of Excellence

General Panel Execution Procedures:

  1. Panel chairs will organize and coordinate the necessary pre-panel coordination and rehearsals. The information below is designed to be a starting point for this effort. There is a room set aside at the Marriott for the panels to meet and do any on-site pre-coordination required.

  2. Panelists will send their major talking points and 2 briefing slides no later than Wednesday, 12 June, to the Panel Chair, Panel Moderator, other panelists, and panel preparation team (below) to assist in the preparation for the panel. Each panelist will also provide 2 "starter questions" on important issues or topics they are unable to address in their initial remarks that the moderator can ask as part of the question and answer session.

  3. Panel preparation  team (please send your slides to all four of these team members):

  4. The Moderator will introduce the panel topic and purpose. The Moderator will scope the panel by giving a brief (since bios are in the AUSA symposium packet each attendee receives) biography / introduction of each panelist. This will set the stage and scope the topic for the audience.

  5. The Moderator will then allow each panel member 5-8 minutes to provide initial remarks. The Chair will begin, followed by the other panelists. Panelist remarks should provide a brief understanding of your key points for the panel topic. This should be based on your perspective / duty position but can be expanded based upon your experience. The remarks should answer, "What is most important for the symposium and Army audiences to hear from your foxhole?" They should be adapted for the anticipated comments from the other panelists.

  6. At the completion of the initial remarks, the Moderator will facilitate a question and answer period for the remainder of the panel time.

  7. Audience questions will come to the Moderator on question cards that are available at the end of each row of seats. An AUSA representative will collect the question cards and provide them to the panel Moderator who will screen the cards and use the questions to prompt continued discussion.

  8. The Moderator will use the panelist provided 2 "starter questions" if there are few audience questions or to help guide the discussion. Panelists should use their initial remarks to focus on what they consider most important for the Army and the audience. The 2 "starter questions" should facilitate a more detailed discussion on these topics or to cover other important topics that could not incorporated into the initial remarks due to time or priority. The panel moderator or chair may ask follow-on questions at their discretion to fully explore key issues - they are not bound by audience or "starter questions."

  9. Depending upon the flow of the discussion, the Moderator will allow each panelist the opportunity to make some closing comments. This is tentatively set to begin with 10 minutes remaining in the panel. The Chair or Moderator will then close the panel.


Thank you for participating as a speaker or panelist for the AUSA ILW Mission Command Symposium.

Go to the AUSA website for updated agendas, registration procedures, and other conference information.

To gain an understanding and context for the symposium panels, we have provided links to the Army’s doctrinal publications and a few other key documents for your reference., If  you have any questions, please contact us.

CJCS Mission Command White Paper dated 3 April 2012

LTG Perkins "Doctrine 2015" in Army Magazine dated 20 February 2012

Army Mission Command Strategy dated 12 June 2013

Army Doctrine:

Main link for Army Doctrine Publications (ADPs) -

Main link for Army Doctrine Reference Publications (ADRPs) -

Specific publications relevant for this symposium:

ADP/ADRP 3-0 Unified Land Operations

ADP/ADRP 5-0 The Operations Process

ADP/ADRP 6-0 Mission Command

ADP/ADRP 6-22 Army Leadership

ADP/ADRP 7-0 Training Units and Developing Leaders

Army Training Strategy. Training in a time of transition, uncertainty, complexity and austerity. 03 October 2012

Mission Command related articles in "In The News."

MC CoE Links


Other Links



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