On July 30, 2008, a bloody battle involving Coalition forces took place in the mountainous eastern Afghan province of Nuristan. This was the Battle of Wanat and the devastating amount of Coalition casualties began a vigorous investigation by the United States Army. The village of Wanat, defended by Second Platoon, Chosen Company, Second Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team would fall victim to numerous bad decision made by higher command. Although the men of Chosen Company fought hard, they ended up surrounded, vastly outnumbered, and without any Battalion assets. This paper will argue the reasons for the disastrous outcome of the Battle of Wanat; examining the effective company leadership exploiting effective
Noncommissioned Officer 2020 is the Army's vision for developing the leaders of tomorrow thru a deliberate, continuous, and progressive process. This process is the key to the future of the NCO of 2020 and beyond. While most parts of it have been brought up to full speed, many are still in a work in progress and require further guidance before the vision becomes a full reality and propels the NCO Corps forward into future endeavors. The
The United States government was born in a time of major oppression and turmoil. The founding fathers set out to create a government in which everyone could prosper and grow. In order to do that people had to be allowed to learn and grow, and science had to be funded. One of the major scientific findings of the mid twentieth century was MK ULTRA, an umbrella term for numerous studies of drugs, mental degradation, and mind control. MK ULTRA often considered a black mark on the reputation of the CIA was actually a positive operation because it kept LSD away from our enemies, furthered the important research that would 've been otherwise lost to history, and taught the government that mind control doesn 't work.
By definition, “mission command is the exercise of authority and direction by the commander using mission orders to enable disciplined initiative within the commander’s intent to empower agile and adaptive leaders in the conduct of unified land operations,” according to ADRP 5-0. Mission command is about knowing when to change the task to fit the purpose. This paper is intended to analyze the mission command of one side of the battle, focusing on the commander’s role in the operations process. The Battle of Bunker Hill was the most important battle of the American Revolution because of Colonel Prescott’s superior command and control. Although commonly referred to as the Battle of Bunker Hill, most of the fighting occurred on nearby Breed’s
In order to run a successful organization, especially a good standing Army, there needs to be quality leaders within the organization. Leaders are artists, remaining flexible and adaptable in order to conform to any certain situation. In FM 6-22, leadership is defined as, “the process of influencing people by providing purpose, direction, and motivation while operating to accomplish the mission and improve the organization”. The vast majority of successful Army leaders exemplify this definition in their everyday life. So, what exactly does this process involve? Moreover, successful Army leaders and officers lead by example, exemplify essential characteristics of the Army Profession, and develops others.
Returning to the 4th Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) to assume command as the brigade commander brings me much joy to be reunited with great Non-Commission Officers and Officers that I have previously served with. Unfortunately, this brigade is no longer the brigade I remember when I commanded a battalion within the 4th ABCT not so long ago. In the last 30 days, I have had the opportunity to observe the ABCT and review a multitude of historical documents to assess the state of the brigade. During my observation, I believe the critical leadership problem in the 4th ABCT’s is the lack of vision for the brigade. Therefore, this critical problem has led to other challenging issues within the brigade. My intent is to provide a clear vision to the 4th ABCT, that states, “Be the best armor brigade in the world, consisting of trained, responsible, motivated, and caring Soldiers and Families; capable of executing any assigned mission with unequaled success.
Many similarities and differences exists between our state and federal governments, The Federal Government’s foreword states all Federal Government will have total control of justice, safety, and freedom of the entire United States, rather than each state individually.
The topic of this writing assignment is the Brigade Aviation Element. In today’s day and age, waging a war has never been more complex for commanders. In an ever-evolving battlefield advanced weapons, assets, technology, and information have become both a blessing and a curse to commanders. In a high-paced unforgiving environment, commanders are required to make accurate effective decisions at a moment’s notice. One of the greatest challenges for ground force commanders has been effectively utilizing Army aviation assets in coordination with the ground effort. As aviation is the number one force multiplier on today’s battlefield Brigade Aviation Elements (BAE) were incorporated into all Brigade Combat Teams (BCT) starting in 2006,
Joint Special Operations Task Force North (JSOTF-N) started the initial planning of Operation Anaconda. Forward Combined Forces Land Component Commander (CFLCC-FWD) finalized the plan for Operation Anaconda on February 13, 2002, in Bagram Airfield. On February 17, 2002, Central Command (CENTCOM) and CFLCC gave command authority of the operation to MG Franklin L. “Buster” Hagenback, commander of the 10th Mountain Division and Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) Mountain. At this time, CJTF Mountain had a little over a week to take over an operation in which originally was tasked to Special Operations Forces (SOF).
He has served as my Arabic Language Analyst and NCOIC of Analysis and Production for the 102 Combat Mission Team (CMT) for nearly two years. During this time his technical proficiency, attention to detail and adaptability has been equal and at times, has surpassed the skills of individuals assigned to more technical cyber roles within the team. His has shown a tenacity to not only learn, but master the skills needed to lead a team of diverse cyber professionals in an ever evolving cyber environment. As my NCOIC he developed and implemented the first standard for the utilization Language Analysts assigned to CMTs in support of CENTCOM and USCYBERCOM priorities. In addition, he worked to improve his cyber knowledge by completing over 1000 cyber course hours, to include Network+ and Security+.
Whenever conducting a large operation like Operation Anaconda, it is very important that one senior officer command it. This senior officer needs to have an operational staff and the authority to command and control all units involved in the operation. Operation Anaconda would have greatly benefited from a unified command structure. Because of the command structure that the operation used there were many issues with planning, integration, and confusion. The adopted standard joint force concept of operations during Operation Anaconda was not used. Operation Anaconda had multiple commands instead of having one unified command structure.
Providing a strong leadership approach and willingness to take risk, Major General Petraeus was put on a mission to develop and implement strategy to establish stability in Mosul, Iraq. Mission command and understanding the mission were critical to whether he and his Soldiers would be successful or not. Throughout the deployment, his firm understanding of operations and concern for the operational environment led to accomplishments and breakthroughs for the Iraqi people and his division with the implementation of governance, civil authorities, and overall improvement of
The transition from enlisted into the ranks of officer is not a situation that anyone should take lightly. With greater rank comes greater responsibility, I emphatically understand the prestige and responsibility that comes with this transition. In this essay, I will answer three questions. Why do I want to be a military officer? What does society expect from me as a military officer? What are three of my soon to be responsibilities as an officer? This seemingly simple questions are not to be taken lightly continue to strive to fulfill both my specified, directed, and implied responsibilities as a military officer.
Operation Husky suffered from command and control problems affecting all aspects of joint function from its planning to its conclusion. Operation Husky was the most complex joint undertaking the Allied forces executed up until that point in WWII. While Allied forces fought together in North Africa, Operation Husky involved the largest amphibious operation to date. Complicating this were opposing viewpoints of American and British leadership, with American leaders advocating for an early cross-channel invasion and British leaders in favor of striking softer targets in order to force Italy out of the war. Eventually, Prime Minister Churchill triumphed and planning for the invasion of Sicily began in earnest.
National defence and security strategy are formulated through some fundamental considerations based on the security objectives and national interests. National defence and security policy refers to the government’s vision and mission that are realized proportionally, balanced and well-coordinated. To achieve this goal, the government has developed a national defence and national security strategy. “It includes strategic objectives, how to achieve the goals and defence resources in order to accomplish strong, effective and high deterrence state defence capabilities” . Based on that phenomenon, Darmono B. further described regarding the Indonesian national security concepts (Darmono, 2010):