Apply Mission Command Principles in accomplishing assigned mission


























Mission Command Principles

With the full acknowledgment of the need to secure Route Green, the brigade must eliminate the threat posed on the division’s northern flank. Primarily, the initiative will entail a disciplined initiative to secure NEWPORT in order to protect the main body of the division. In my capacity as the 1/9 ABCT commander, I will deploy the full range of my forces capacity towards ensuring that the division in the rear 4/9 ABCT progresses towards on its schedule without hindrance and the challenge posed by the group is effectively defeated. Dealing with the threat posed by the enemy constitutes part of the division’s main assignment of seizing OBJ ALPHA NLT at 040900 May 2018. In line with the principles of command, I will mobilize the forces in a way that reflects a cohesive that operates under mutual trust[1]. Individually and collectively, my units will charge towards the enemy with the express intent of reversing their advance and threat level.

Quick action is necessary to disrupt the intention of the enemy, which is necessary unite both the advancing and the upcoming forces. Obviously, the action by the enemy to place several obstacles including building materials and overturned vehicles on ROUTE GREEN is intended to separate the advancing 1/9 ABCT unit from the 4/9 ABCT, which is about 30km behind my unit. The unfolding situation is challenging in the sense that it will make it difficult for the two units to work effectively towards eliminating the threat. What is important at this stage is to ensure that the two units work quickly to eliminate the threat posed by the enemy. I will provide a clear and decisive commander’s intent that will ensure that the progress of the units is not disrupted in way that may compromise the whole situation[2].

One of the most important factors at this point is to exercise disciplined initiative so that the units act in a way that will guarantee effective delivery of the objectives. Creating a shared understanding between 1/9 ABCT and 4/9 ABCT is important in order to provide the appropriate line of action that will help to secure the progress of the initiative. It will be necessary to determine the kind and scale of the engagement in line with the level of sophistication of the enemy’s techniques and equipment. Given the fact that there is an irregular force comprising of about 120 personnel within NEWPORT, the main task will entail the coordination of the two forces in a manner that will guarantee that accomplishment of the primary objective. One of the areas to focus will be the establishment of a clear line of communication between the units.

As the commander, I will bolster my units to reinforce the company-size unit in NEWPORT and push back the enemy away from the main route before the support team advances. The action will entail removing the obstacles from the route while acknowledging the possibility of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) within the obstacles. The time factor will be necessary because the course of the mission must follow the schedule as designed in the original plan[3]. If necessary, I will consider calling for reinforcements from the rear unit or halting the advance of my unit so that I link it up with the 4/9 ABCT, which is about 30 km behind my advancing unit. Working in coordination within the principle of accepting prudent risk will be necessary to guarantee the success of the mission.



Department of the Army. ADP 6-0 Mission Command Headquarters Department of the Army, Washington, 12 March, 2014. PDF

United States Army. Army Doctrine Publication ADP 6-0 Mission Command May 2012. New York: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012.

[1] Department of the Army. (ADP 6-0 Mission Command Headquarters Department of the Army, Washington, 12 March, 2014) p. 4



[2] Ibid 5

[3] United States Army. (Army Doctrine Publication ADP 6-0 Mission Command May 2012. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012) p. 45.