This posting is based on the article “The Mission Command Center of Excellence: Driving Institutional Adaptability,” found in the February edition of the Army Magazine.
Recently the Army’s Mission Command Center of Excellence (MC CoE) celebrated its inaugural year. Then-TRADOC Commander GEN Martin Dempsey designed this organization to identify and create institutional solutions for the Army to conduct mission command. GEN Dempsey recognized that the Army focused on staff-driven decisions instead of those driven by the Commander, including the integration of the warfighting functions during the operations process.
While both the philosophy and warfighting function of mission command are generally directed toward the operational force (combat units), the commander-focused perspective found in mission command also requires the generating force to ensure mission command requirements and solutions are developed, integrated and synchronized across the warfighting functions and Army Centers of Excellence. The MC CoE is ideally suited to drive the critical elements in this endeavor through concept and capability development, mission command doctrine, leader development, education, training, and network integration.
In the last year the MC CoE has created progress in all of these areas, including:
- The inclusion of mission command in all Army operational concepts, beginning with the rewrite of the Army’s capstone doctrine, Army Doctrinal Publication 3-0, Unified Land Operations,
- The development of mission command programs of instruction in military education and training packages,
- And working through the Network Integration Evaluations at Fort Bliss to develop and integrate technologies designed to increase mission command across all echelons through the Army Network.
Despite these accomplishments and the gathering momentum it has created, the MC CoE has much work ahead to ensure the proliferation of mission command principles and institutional solutions throughout the Army. This includes the continued development of network integration solutions, and more importantly, the institutionalization of mission command in leader development, education and training programs. Most of all, we must ensure that mission command is taught over a Soldier’s entire career, from entry level and unit training to professional military education.
At this historic inflection point the importance of an adaptable generating force that can enhance the ability of our operational force cannot be overstated. Partnering with stakeholders across the Army, the MC CoE will help drive the development of mission command principles and capabilities. These partnerships will ensure that our Army has the ability to conduct mission command and form the foundation for the Army of 2020.
Prepare for War – Victory!