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Transforming command : the pursuit of mission command in the U.S., British, and Israeli armies

Author: Eitan Shamir
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford Security Studies, ©2011.
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On today's complex, fragmented, fast-moving battlefield, where combatants adapt constantly to exploit one-another's weaknesses, there is a demonstrable requirement for military commanders to devolve a high level of autonomy of decision-making and action to leaders on the ground. An effective model for doing this has existed for some time in the form of mission command and has been utilized by the U.S., Israeli, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eitan Shamir
ISBN: 9780804772020 0804772029 9780804772037 0804772037
OCLC Number: 651011978
Description: xiii, 269 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Setting the stage --
Command and military culture --
The origins of mission command (Auftragstaktik) --
Inspired by corporate practices : American Army command traditions --
Caught between extremes : British Army command traditions --
Molded by necessity : command in the IDF --
Comparison --
Adopting and adapting mission command --
Testing : mission command in operations --
The praxis gap --
Summary remarks and wider implications --
Final verdict : has mission command been adopted successfully?
Responsibility: Eitan Shamir.

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The book tells the story of the theory and history of the mission command approach (decentralized command) and the attempts by different armies to adopt and reform according to this approach.  Read more...

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