Armor & Mobility

SEP-OCT 2016

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Any significant endeavor requires clear direction and purpose to achieve success. Recently, the U.S. Army's Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) published a holistic vision for the Army's network entitled "The Mission Command Network: Vision & Narrative". Defining the Mission Command Network as "integrated mission command and network capabilities", this document provides a holistic vision for operational capabilities looking forward to 2025 and beyond. This vision is nested within the context of the U.S. Army's Operating Concept: "Win in a Complex World". The document offers a unified vision and operational view, and offers key terms & ideas for the entire network. It describes characteristics, design principles for modernization, and articulates requirements by echelon and formation (strategic to company level). This vision is the guidepost for the Army's mission command network modernization strategy. Integrated Joint Planning The highest levels of Army leadership realized we needed a vision for the network from the perspective of the commander. In the summer of 2014, the Chief of Staff of the Army (then General Odierno) asked for an overarching vision and narrative for the entire Army/Joint network, firmly rooted in a mission command perspective, which would allow him to make decisions about network capabilities. He felt at the time that network issues were presented to him without a holistic view of the network. He asked TRADOC to develop a narrative that holistically addressed the network from a mission command perspective. An integrated planning team (IPT) was promptly formed to produce that narrative, along with a comprehensive assessment of the network as it existed at that time. The IPT was formed under leadership from the U.S. Army's Capability Integration Center and Combined Arms Center (specifically the Mission Command Center of Excellence), with the mission of assessing the network and producing the requested narrative. Team members included all significant mission command and network stakeholders across the Army staff, the Army's acquisition community, and TRADOC. The IPT focused on developing MODERNIZING COMMAND AND CONTROL The U.S. Army's vision for its Mission Command Network is at the core of Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) efforts to prepare the Army for future operational success. By Jeffrey Witsken, MC CoE, Ft. Leavenworth, KS www.tacticaldefensemedia.com 16 | Armor & Mobility September/October 2016 TRADOC FOCUS 16 | Armor & Mobility September/October 2016

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