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Transforming Command: The Pursuit of Mission Command in the U.S., British, and Israeli Armies

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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 ...more
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Published January 26th 2011 by Stanford Security Studies
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Matt
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a phenomenal history of how the U.S., British, and Israeli Armies shifted their command philosophies during the 19th century. The U.S. Marines implemented a Maneuver Warfare philosophy in the 1980's which has Mission Command as one of its key tenants. This was largely due to the obvious failures of using corporate style command structures in Vietnam.

The book begins with an excellent history of codified mission command as it originated in the Prussian Army. It explains the key parts of mi
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Martin Samuels
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This fascinating work examines the state of play after the British, US and Israeli Armies have spent almost 30 years seeking to adopt the system of command, 'Mission Command', employed by the German Army from about 1870 onwards.

Shamir begins with an exploration of the nature and origins of Auftragstaktik in the German Army, before moving on to consider the context for command within his three case study armies, and then assessing the extent to which they have been successful in adopting the new
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Anoop
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good book. Compares command experience of German, British,US n Israeli army. The book is useful to decipher best command practices for Armies looking to develop mission command.
The author draws heavily from German experience and has cited valuable lessons from Prussian General Staff, their training methodology and war experience. Israeli Army has been cited as true successer of German Army in terms of successfully implementing mission command model to their army.
At some place the book becomes
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Keith Schnell
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you've ever wondered why your army's doctrine espouses mission command and disciplined initiative within the commander's intent, but your corps commander still wants to know what percentage of your Soldiers' car insurance expires within the next 90 days, then this is the book for you. Should be required reading at Command and General Staff College - possibly via some sort of Brave New World style subliminal messaging. Do not let style and usage errors by a non-native English speaking author d ...more
Hj Reichen
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A convincing summary of the development of mission command and a description of the organizational culture of the us British and Israeli army is followed by the analysis of the introduction of mission command in the three armies. Easily read the book brings on a couple of very interesting points, including a questioning of the use of modern communication technology. The last chapters are a bit repetitive and cumbersome.
Mitch Watson
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a serving military officer, I found this book very interesting, easy to read and accurate in both fact and assessment. I would recommend this book to any person of any military, particularly technocrats who believe technology will solve all future military problems.
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“A study of mission command, pursued independently from an examination of other general doctrines, can provide a comprehensive understanding of this approach. It may also reveal the process through which new ideas and approaches are developed, introduced, manipulated, and finally implemented. Consequently, the current study will focus on the tension between the introduction and implementation of new ideas through the prism of mission command.” 0 likes
“Communications and information technologies, therefore, should be employed in a way that permits effective decentralization of operations rather than as a means for centralizing control of resources and decision making.” 0 likes
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