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Accession Number ADA583531
Title Mission Command in the Information Age: Leadership Traits for the Operational Commander.
Publication Date May 2013
Media Count 29p
Personal Author D. A. Picinich
Abstract The leadership philosophy of Mission Command has been identified by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as a critical enabler to the implementation of Joint Force 2020. Technological advances in information distribution, manifested in the internet and the 24-hour news media, and network connectivity, manifested in the development of a network-enabled force, have significantly challenged the effective implementation of Mission Command. These Information Age challenges have provided operational commanders the motive and the means to micromanage their forces and move away from the decentralized execution espoused by Mission Command. Operational commanders must possess specific leadership traits to overcome these challenges, the two most important being boldness and interpersonal communication skills. The criticality of these leadership traits will be proven through an analysis of the principles of Mission Command, the nature of the Information Age challenges, the characteristics of the identified leadership traits, and two historical examples. The historical examples show the benefits of these traits, as well as the dangers that exist when they are lacking. The examples involve Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson during the Battle of Trafalgar, and General Wesley Clark during Operation Allied Force. By recognizing the significance of these leadership traits, appropriate measures can be taken to ensure their development in our current and future leaders.
Keywords 24-hour news cycle
Allied force operation
Battle of trafalgar
Clark wesley
Command and control systems
Information technology
Interpersonal communication skills
Interpersonal relations
Joint doctrine
Leadership traits
Mass media
Military commanders
Military doctrine
Military history
Mission command
Nelson horatio lord
Network centric warfare
Network connectivity
Network-enabled communications

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 70B - Management Practice
92B - Psychology
57T - Psychiatry
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
45C - Common Carrier & Satellite
Corporate Author Naval War Coll., Newport, RI. Joint Military Operations Dept.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1401
Contract Number N/A

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