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"Training for Decisive Action: Stories of Mission Command," Combat Studies Institute (CSI) --- produced by the U.S. Army's National Training Center (NTC) Operations Group, presents a collection of 35 personal insights from leaders across various rotational units and from the NTC's Opposing Force. This new work provides a unique view of how the NTC continues to serve as an engine of change for Army collective training, preserving core competencies while guiding new initiatives in tactical doctrine.

 

(November - December 2013)---MILITARY REVIEW --- 3 MC articles ---

  • "Mission Command in the Regionally Aligned Division Headquarters" by Brig. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., U.S. Army; Col. Patrick Matlock, U.S. Army; Lt. Col. Christopher R. Norrie, U.S. Army; and Maj. Karen Radka, U.S. Army --- 1st Armored Division provides a force generation model for a regionally aligned headquarters based on a mission command philosophy and forward-focused mindset.
  • "Growing Leaders Who Practice Mission Command and Win the Peace" by Lt. Col. Douglas A. Pryer, U.S. Army --- If we are to have leaders who truly practice mission command and can win the peace, our Army requires a fundamental reorientation, one that supports deep changes to Army culture, doctrine, training, personnel management, and education.
  • "Taking Ownership of Mission Command" by Maj. Demetrios A. Ghikas, U.S. Army --- An award winning author posits that mission command is the Army's answer to the uncertainty, ambiguity, and fog of war and conflict. Leaders in every situation and every setting must practice mission command.

 

(July-September 2013)---SUSTAINMENT Magazine --- 2 MC articles ---

  • "The Sustainment Mission Command Capability" by Maj. Gen. Jack O'Connor and Maj. Sean D. Smith --- The Forces Command's sustainment mission command capability enables commanders to provide equipped and sustained forces in order to remain globally responsive and regionally engage
  • "Understanding Mission Command" --- by Col. (Ret.) James D. Sharpe Jr. andLt. Col. (Ret.) Thomas E. Creviston --- Mission command, as a recognized methodology, is not new to miliary doctrine. To fully grasp the concept, leaders must understand its background and legacy.

 

(April-June 2013)--- AVIATION DIGEST --- One MC article and 1 Doctrine 2015 article ---

  • COL Brian Dillon, a leadership instructor at CGSC, wrote "Mission Command as a Leadership-Centric Command Philosophy."(page 12)
  • LTC Charles Bowery, Chief, Doctrine Branch of the Directorate of Training and Doctrine at Fort Rucker wrote an article about one of the most innovative features of Doctrine 2015 - the ATPs. "Doctrine 2015 ATPs." (page 40)

 

(June 2013)--- The AUSA Mission Command Symposium in Kansas City, 18-19 June, generated several articles on the Army Home Page (www.army.mil) , including announcement of the CSA-approved Army Mission Command Strategy. Coverage from some of the other panels:

 

(June 2013)--- June ARMY Magazine -- NETT Warrior -- Mission Command at the Tactical Level - By Scott R. Gourley --- The Army’s Nett Warrior, a dismounted battle command system that is an invaluable asset in Mission Command, is proof of the benefits of organizational cooperation, warfighter assessment and field experience in refining and improving tactical capabilities.

 

(June 2013)--- June ARMY Magazine -- The Conundrum of Mission Command - By COL Gregory Fontenot, USA Ret. and COL Kevin C.M. Benson, USA Ret - The balance between command and control needs to be restored.

 

(June 2013)--- June ARMY Magazine -- With NIE 13.2, Mission Command Continues to Evolve and Expand - By Scott R. Gourley - NIE 13.2, like previous semiannual Network Integration Evaluations, allows the Army to refine and further integrate its tactical network to ensure that Mission Command capabilities evolve efficiently and quickly.

 

(25 April 2013)--- FORT LEAVENWORTH LAMP --- Mission Command Battle Lab hosted the fifth in a series of brown bag lunch technology seminars during CGSC's Mission Command Week.

 

(March 2013)---Mar-Apr 2013 Military Review --- The Evolution of Mission Command in U.S. Army Doctrine, 1905 to the Present.

 

(March 2013)---Mar-Apr 2013 Military Review --- Applying Mission Command through the Operations Process.

 

(January 2013)---Mar-Apr 2013 Military Review --- Army Doctrine Publication 3-0: An Opportunity to Meet the Challenges of the Future" - Army professionals who shared ideas born out of experiences in combat over the past 11 years developed ADP 3-0 and the associated Doctrine 2015 manuals.

 

(28 November 2012)---STAND-TO! announcement about Doctrine 2015 --- According to Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno - Doctrine 2015 is our way to directly shape what the doctrine process of the future will look like. This is the first comprehensive review of our doctrine structure that is based on the impact that an evolving operational environment and technological advances have in how we collect, display and disseminate information.

 

(22 October 2012)---At the Doctrine 2015 Exhibit at the 2012 AUSA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, Mr. Clint Ancker, Director, Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate (CADD), demonstrates how Soldiers can use an online system to access Army doctrinal publications with mobile devices, such as eReaders, tablets and smartphones.

 

(30 August 2012) Mar-Apr 12 - ARMY SUSTAINMENT Magazine---MG James Hodge, who was then the Commander, Army Combined Arms Support Command, said,"Collectively, these manuals will provide a broad understanding of how we operate across the force. By their very nature, they will contain information that is enduring in nature and thus will require less frequent updating." He also describes the importance of ADP/ADRP 4-0, Sustainment, as the Army's keystone sustainment doctrine, supporting and adding to ADP 3-0, Unified Land Operations.

 

(21 June 2012) July ARMY Magazine --- At the Tip of the Spear: Mission Command on the Move in a Networked Force by COL Higginbottom and Mr. Adkison of the Training and Doctrine Command Capability Manager-Mission Command (TCM-MC): “The greatest mission-command-on-the-move challenge is supporting company-level and below forces, specifically company commanders and platoon and squad/team leaders in the infantry brigade combat team.

 

(21 May 2012) June ARMY Magazine --- "Mission Command: Reflections from the Combined Arms Center Commander" by LTG David G. Perkins: A decade of experience in Iraq and Afghanistan has contributed to the evolution of mission command, promoting disciplined initiative and empowering leaders to adjust operations within their commander's intent.

 

(21 May 2012) June ARMY Magazine - "Mission Command: Do We Have the Stomach For What Is Really Required?" by COL Tom Guthrie: "If we intend to truly embrace mission command, then we should do it to the fullest, and that will require commitment to changing a culture from one of control and process to one of decentralization and trust."

 

(21 May 2012) June ARMY Magazine - "Special Operations/Conventional Forces Interdependence: A Critical Role in Prevent, Shape, Win" by MG Bennet S. Sacolick and BG Wayne W. Grigsby Jr.: To guide institutional change required over the past 10 years, the Army must integrate the cultures and capabilities of special operations forces and conventional forces.

 

(21 May 2012) June ARMY Magazine - "CEMA: A Key to Success in Unified Land Operations" by BG Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., COL J. Garrett Howard, Tony McNeil and LTC Gregg Buehler (U.S. Army retired): By codifying cyber-electric activities (CEMA) within its doctrine, the Army is integrating and managing electronic warfare, cyberspace and electromagnetic spectrum activities within unified land operations.

 

(21 May 2012) June ARMY Magazine - "Cross-Functional Team Staff Structure in the Afghanistan Counterinsurgency" by BG Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., LTC Mark E. Johnson, LTC Ed Ledford, LTC John Callery, LTC Paul P. Smith Jr., COL Michael Rothstein, MAJ Gail Fisher: With functional experts of varied expertise and rank working collaboratively and simultaneously, cross-functional teams bring critical attributes of mission command to the task of developing actionable plans in hours or minutes.

 

(17 May 2012) FORT LEAVENWORTH LAMP --- Army conference gathers input to revise FM 3-24, the Army's field manual on Counterinsurgency.

 

(19 April 2012) In the May 2012 issue of ARMY Magazine, BG Flynn, BG Grigsby and Mr. Jeff Witsken discuss the value of the Network as a weapon. "...the Army must consider the Network as a weapons system, and commanders and their staffs must also incorporate the Network into how we array our capabilities to achieve decisive outcomes."

 

(6 April 2012) BG Grigsby and Jeff Witsken discuss the increasing value of the NIE and the Agile Process in an article published today in DEFENSE NEWS.

 

(7 March 2012) New technology reviewed at demo and brown bag luncheon for CGSC students and staff, 22-23: Brig. Gen. Wayne Grigsby, Mission Command Center of Excellence director, and Col. Justin Gubler, TRADOC Capability director, argued that while they appreciate the new technology, it needs to be accessible for the boots-on-the-ground troops. Bandwidth is often an issue. "We have to have a certain amount of capability on the move that we can always use on the move," Grigsby said.

 

(20 February 2012) An article in the March issue of ARMY Magazine discusses the structure and impact of Doctrine 2015, an initiative that will transform the Army's doctrinal base to deliver critical knowledge-concise, accessible and current-to the point of need.

 

(2 February 2012) The Fort Leavenworth LAMP, 2 Feb 12 --- http://www.ftleavenworthlamp.com/features/x1419991948/Grigsby-promoted-to-brigadier-general MC CoE Director promoted to Brigadier General

 

(27 January 2012) What's Next for the U.S. Army? (Ares: Paul McLeary) --- In this wrap-up of January 2012 UNIFIED QUEST, COL(P) Grigsby’s said, “…the Army needs to “really focus” on tactical communications, including mission command on the move, and “extend that network down to company command post” in order to make sure that in future conflicts “the network is a weapons system.”

 

(26 January 2012) February 2012 ARMY Magazine, Association of the United States Army (AUSA). "The Mission Command Center of Excellence:  Driving Institutional Adaptability" by BG Charles A. Flynn and BG Wayne W. Grigsby A year after implementation, the Mission Command Center of Excellence is supporting the Army's reinforcement and reconstitution as it reassesses how it will execute its roles, responsibilities and missions in the future.

 

(26 January 2012) FT LEAVENWORTH LAMP. The Mission Command Center of Excellence hosts the Agile Process Sync Conference, January 17-20, 2012.

 

(17 January 2012) Two members of the MC CoE’s Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate (CADD) wrote articles for the January 2012 issue of the Air Land Sea Bulletin published by the Air Land Sea Application (ALSA) Center at Langley, Virginia. MAJ Paul Fradejas wrote about the development of Doctrine 2015 (pp. 11-14) and Mr. Douglas Darling discussed how the Army and Marine Corps are collaborating to publish FM 3-90/Marine Corps Warfighting Publication 3-10, Offensive and Defensive Tactics as a multi-service publication (pp 23-25).

 

(17 January 2012) COL Grigsby is mentioned and quoted in the January 17, 2012 issue of AolDefense by Sydney Freedberg. The report is based on the 9-12 January UNIFIED QUEST conference hosted by TRADOC.

 

(9 January 2012) In an interview with FEDERAL NEWS RADIO, CALL Director, COL Thomas Roe, described CALL’s mission, highlighting the unique function CALL performs for the Army, and how lessons learned impact DOTMLPF issues and improve business practices across the Army.

 

(1 January 2012) COL Robert Forrester, Deputy Director, CALL, discusses the "Top 5" lessons learned from Iraq in a 21 December interview with Drew Brooks of the FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER.


 

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