Definition/Scope: (FM 6-0) Decisionmaking is the process of selecting a course of action as the one most favorable to accomplish the mission. This decision can be deliberate, using the military decisionmaking process (MDMP) and a full staff, or it can be done very quickly by the commander alone. During opera- tions, deliberate decisions usually are disseminated as fully developed written orders; less deliberate decisions are disseminated as fragmentary orders (FRAGOs). Deciding includes knowing if to decide, then when and what to decide, and understanding the consequences. Decisions are how commanders translate their vision of the end state into action. There are two ways to make decisions: analytic and intuitive.
Broader Terms:Command and Control
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