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Mission command Warfighting Function

Definition/Scope: (ADP 3-0) The mission command warfighting function develops and integrates those activities enabling a commander to balance the art of command and the science of control. This fundamental philosophy of command places people, rather than technology or systems, at the center. Under this philosophy, commanders drive the operations process through their activities of understand, visualize, describe, direct, lead, and assess. They develop teams, both within their own organizations and with joint, interagency, and multinational partners. Commanders inform and influence audiences, inside and outside their organizations. The commander leads the staff?s tasks under the science of control. The four primary staff tasks are conduct the operations process (plan, prepare, execute, and assess); conduct knowledge management and information management; conduct inform and influence activities; and conduct cyber electromagnetic activities.(FM 3-0) The related tasks and systems that support commanders in exercising authority and direction. It includes those tasks associated with acquiring friendly information, managing relevant information, and directing and leading subordinates. Through command and control, commanders integrate all warfighting functions to accomplish the mission. The command and control warfighting function includes the following tasks: execute the operations process, conduct command post operations, integrate the information superiority contributors - the Army information tasks, ISR, knowledge management, and information management, conduct information engagement, conduct civil affairs activities, integrate airspace command and control, execute command programs. The command and control warfighting function is the primary integrator of information tasks associated with information superiority. Army leaders use information tasks to shape the operational environment throughout the operations process. During operations against an enemy, they degrade the enemy’s ability to do the same. FM 6-0 describes command and control warfighting doctrine. THIS WAS PREVIOUSLY KNOWN, PRIOR TO FEB 2011, AS THE COMMAND AND CONTROL WFF. This term eliminated battle command and changed from command and control. NOTE: FM 6-0 has been superceded by ADP 6-0 in May 2012.


Mission command WFF

Used For:

Command and Control

Broader Terms:

mission command
Warfighting Function

Narrower Terms:

Knowledge Management

Related Terms:

Common Logistics Command and Control System
Fires Warfighting Function
Intelligence Warfighting Function
Movement and Maneuver Warfighting Function
Protection Warfighting Function
Sustainment Warfighting Function

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