Mission Command Research Paper

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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…show more content…
Throughout the night, outnumbered colonial forces built defensive fortifications in preparation for an imminent attack by the British. Prepared for the worst, Prescott gave his men the famous order: "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes." Historians believe Prescott’s order was given to save ammunition, in an effort to conserve the Americans’ limited supply of ammunition. On June 17, 1775, the British conquered the Americans at the Battle of Bunker Hill in Charlestown. Even after losing the battle, American forces gained confidence to become stronger. The battle of Bunker Hill provided encouragement for the colonists and helped Americans gain independence. It helped the colonists send a clear message to the British that they were able to stand tall and strengthen their colonies to fight for their freedom.
This battle was a very significant event in the Revolutionary War and had a direct affect on the outcome of the war and our history. Despite their loss, the inexperienced colonial forces inflicted considerable casualties against the invading British, and the battle provided them with an important confidence boost. Colonel Prescott’s leadership throughout the battle is an excellent example of good mission command. Upon receipt of mission from higher and given limited resources, Colonel Prescott effectively issued orders to his soldiers, which ultimately led to
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Upon receipt of his mission, he immediately began to plan, prepare, and execute defensive operations and issued an order for his forces to build a fortified position on Breed's Hill. Prescott knew that his mission was to hold the position until relieved by friendly forces. He also understood the important mission his unit was given and the vital geographical position the hill had on Boston. Planning and preparation accomplish nothing if the command does not execute effectively. Perhaps the most important aspect of mission analysis is determining the combat potential of one’s own
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