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Army officials craft plan to implement recommendations from Network Integration Evaluations

Doctrine planners meet to validate Army’s new doctrine process

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(30 March 2016) Army Home Page, “Mission Command Battle Lab demos new technology By Mission Command Battle Lab (MCBL --- The Mission Command Battle Lab showcased emergent or developmental technologies and capabilities during their Technology Demonstration Days, March 22-23, 2016. The event was held in conjunction with the Unified Challenge (UC) 16.1 experiment, a Campaign of Learning event held by Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC). More than 100 people from across the Fort Leavenworth community, as well as nearly all UC 16.1 participants, attended the two-day event. The technologies exhibited at the event are linked with the Army Warfighting Challenges and address long-term capability gaps. They all have the potential to improve future forces' execution of the operations process.http://www.army.mil/article/165119/

(8 March 2016) April 2016 ARMY Magazine “Commanders as Communicators: Conveying Clear Intent Helps Create First-Class Climate” By COL David M. Hodne, --- A good commander must communicate his or her vision and intent clearly and naturally, inspiring soldiers to work together and appreciate each other’s efforts. http://www.armymagazine.org/2016/03/08/commanders-as-communicators-conveying-clear-intent-helps-create-first-class-climate/

(8 March 2016) April 2016 ARMY Magazine “Not New, Not Novel but… History Provides Many Examples of Mission Command’s Success” by MAJ Christina Fanitzi --- Though Mission Command is an increasingly trendy buzz phrase for creating innovation and initiative at the lowest possible level of leadership. The warfighting theory has been used throughout history. http://www.armymagazine.org/2016/03/08/not-new-not-novel-but-history-provides-many-examples-of-mission-commands-success/

(12 October 2015) DEFENSE NEWS, “Army Streamlining Command Posts, Reducing Equipment Needs” by Joe Gould --- "That connectivity, that seamlessness lets the commander and his staff interact the way they need to, regardless of their physical location," said Jeff Witsken, the Army's chief of network integration. "It really turns on its head the definition of a command post, which has been the command post is where the commander and their staff do their business. These days, where the commander and the staff are, that is the command post." http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/show-daily/ausa/2015/10/12/army-streamlining-command-posts-reducing-equipment-needs/73824512/

(9 October 2015) Army Home Page, 'Not in My Squad' takes root in 1st Infantry Division” by Staff Sgt. Jerry Griffis --- The Army's new "Not in My Squad" initiative, or NIMS, is taking hold in the ranks of the 1st Infantry Division, and the impact is already creating waves among the junior leaders who took part in related working groups, Oct. 5-8. …"The Not in My Squad initiative that the sergeant major of the Army started is really about empowering our junior leaders to be the best squad leaders that they possibly can be," said Command Sgt. Maj. David L. Stewart, senior noncommissioned officer of the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic. "When I say squad leaders, I mean every type of leader, because every noncommissioned officer at the junior leader level is ultimately a trainer and a developer." http://www.army.mil/article/156955/_Not_in_My_Squad__takes_root_in_1st_Infantry_Division/

(12 October 2015) ARNEws, 'Not in My Squad Assessment Resource' now online for self-improvement” by David Vergun --- Today, the Army launched a new website, "Not In My Squad Assessment Resource," or NIMS, http://cape.army.mil/not-in-my-squad/# a tool designed to help improve squad leaders' professional development and make good squads even greater, said Sgt. Maj. David L. Stewart. Stewart, who is sergeant major of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's Center for the Army Profession and Ethic, known as CAPE, located at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York, said that as the Army lead for the "Not In My Squad" initiative, CAPE designed this online resource as a way to help the sergeant major of the Army, or SMA, in that initiative. http://www.army.mil/article/156623/_Not_in_My_Squad_Assessment_Resource__now_online_for_self_improvement/

(25 September 2015) BREAKING DEFENSE, “A New Way To Command: Army Links Its Networks” by Sydney Freedberg – At last week’s conference of the AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) --- Left with a patchwork of field and homebase systems as military networking exploded after 9/11, the Army is striving to rationalize its systems so troops can train with the same systems they fight with. “During the last 12-13 years at war, units were buying capabilities that were not consistent across the board at home station just to make sure they can communicate,” said the Army’s chief information officer (G-6), Lt. Gen. Robert Ferrell. Units ending up having one set of systems they used for command, control, and coordination when in the US and a different set they used during deployments. http://breakingdefense.com/2015/09/a-new-way-to-command-army-links-its-networks/

(23 September 2015) NATIONAL DEFENSE, 'What Battlefield Network Should the Army Buy? The Debate Continues, by Sandra Erwin --- This week's Mission Command Network Summit serves as a backdrop for a critical discussion about the Army's ongoing efforts to identify cutting edge battlefield network capabilities. The gathering was intended to help leaders "figure this out," GEN Perkins said last week at ManWarCon. "What kind of network do we buy? It's a huge question." An industry source claims there's TRADOC leader frustration over an inability to get to a cohesive consensus about what needs to be done. "It messy and slow to deal with", the unnamed source says. Also mentioned is NIE 16.1. In past, NIEs have focused on communication technology, whereas future NIEs will test programs of record and experiments on future concepts will shift to the AWA. http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=1969

(4 August 2015) STAND-TO! Edition, Army Mission Command Assessment Plan ---- The Army Mission Command Assessment Plan (AMCAP) establishes measures of effectiveness with standards, identifies assessment indicators, and assigns roles and responsibilities to assess the Army's progress in achieving the Army Mission Command Strategy strategic ends and objectives. Through U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's Mission Command Center of Excellence, measures of effectiveness standards are derived from ... http://www.army.mil/standto/archive_2015-08-04/?s_cid=standto

(30 July 2015) Army News Service by Stephen Kretsinger, LeaderMap App Delivers Leadership Development Support to Army Professionals on the go --- The Center for Army Leadership – a subordinate organization of the Mission Command Center of Excellence at the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center – has developed the LeaderMap app for Android, iOS and Windows mobile devices, as well as Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer on personal computers. According to the app website, LeaderMap contains resources to help guide self-development efforts and the implementation of leader development programs. http://www.army.mil/article/153025/

(11 July 2015) DefenseNews, “US Army Targets Multinational Comms” by Joe Gould --- As the shrinking US Army places greater emphasis on working with and through partner-nation militaries, it is struggling to link its communications networks with theirs…. Operation Atlantic Resolve, the US' show of commitment to Europe in response to Russian aggression, is characterized by multinational training exercises with a variety of countries, and as such has forced the Army to confront interoperability, said Brig. Gen. Willard Burleson, director of the Army Mission Command Center of Excellence…. Some nations can only contribute small elements to a coalition, and these may lack advanced technologies, support and experience with sophisticated systems, Burleson acknowledged. An interoperability solution would have to allow them to plug in easily. "We fight as coalitions, and we don't want to limit anybody based on their ability to integrate," Burleson said. http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/land/army/2015/07/11/us-army-multinational-comms/29974691/

(1 July 2015) Army News Service, “Army publishes new doctrine about leader development,” by Bill Ackerly --- Leader development is a top priority as the Army seeks to maintain a competitive edge in a continually uncertain and complex world. How does any organization, including the Army, actually go about developing leaders? With the publication of Field Manual (FM) 6-22, Leader Development, the Army is helping Army leaders understand how to develop other leaders, their units, and themselves.... http://www.army.mil/article/151526/

(16 June 2015) ARNews, “Doctrine defines Army ethic in new chapter,” by Bill Ackerly --- A major revision of Army Doctrine Reference Publication, or ADRP 1, the Army Profession, includes a new chapter on the Army ethic. "With the addition of Chapter 2 to ADRP 1, we now have a concisely articulated, easily accessible, and understandable expression of the Army ethic," said Brig. Gen. Bill Burleson, director of the Mission Command Center of Excellence, or MC CoE. http://www.army.mil/article/150595/

(July-August 2015) The digital edition of the July-August 2015 issue of MILITARY REVIEW http://usacac.army.mil/CAC2/MilitaryReview/ showcases Leader Development and the Army University, including such articles as:

  • “Leader Development and Talent Management”
  • “Developing Leaders”
  • “Developing Army Enterprise Leaders”
  • “Mentoring, Coaching and Counseling”
  • “Army Leadership and the Communication Paradox”

(28 April 2015) May 2015 ARMY Magazine "Humility: A Mission Command Essential" by Lt. Gen. Robert B. Brown and Col. Robert M. Taradash --- Respecting and caring for one's subordinates, along with ranking team-building over self-aggrandizement, enhance a leader's ability to execute Mission Command.

(27 April 2015) May-June 2015 MILITARY REVIEW, "The Path to Mission Command" by Maj. Andrew J. Whitford, U.S. Army --- Mission command and leader development are interdependent; mission command is how we fight, and leader development is part of how we prepare to fight. The author opines that the successful application of mission command is the product of leader development in a peacetime environment through education, training, and experience.

(3 Sep 2014)---Sept-Oct 2014 Military Review, 'Noncommissioned Officers and Mission Command' by SGM Dennis Eger, HQa, Mission Command Center of Excellence (MC CoE) --- SGM Eger's insights 2 it is important that NCOs at all levels understand and support this doctrinal concept.

(27 Aug 2014)---MILITARY REVIEW MR Spotlight article, "The Challenge of Mission Command" by LT Thomas Feltey and CPT Madden. " ... The institutional trend against Mission Command remains today, as there remain strong challenges to the universal adoption of Mission Command philosophy. Though these challenges are many; the most prominent ones fall into three interrelated categories--- trust, senior-commander hubris, and risk aversion."

(12 May 2014) June ARMY Magazine "Addressing the Army's Values-to-Virtues Gap" by COL (Ret) Don Snider, Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE) --- A professional ethic provides the moral guidance necessary to build effective military teams that can respond to the nation's needs, sustaining the trust essential to the Army profession's existence. Thus, our professional ethic is composed of the moral obligations that we follow to govern ourselves and our Army as those uniquely entrusted with the application of lethal force on behalf of the nation. An essay on the "fundamental tenets of what it means to be anArmy professional" is the first in a series of occasional articles about the Army profession.

(May - June 2014) "Mission Command Logistics: The Starfish and the Spider," SUSTAINMENT Magazine --- In this article, the authors applaud the mission command philosophy but also caution that the mission command approach is not always appropriate.

"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.