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Author Simons, Anna, author

Title 21st-century challenges of command : a view from the field / Anna Simons
Published Carlisle, PA : Strategic Studies Institute and U.S. Army War College Press, 2017
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 101 pages)
Series Letort papers
Letort papers
Contents Overview -- Ethnographic observations. Ethnographic truths -- Objectiveless warfare -- System failure -- Command : in theory and practice. Command : in theory -- Contours of command : in practice -- Information flows -- Who should convey what to whom? -- Visits -- Case in point : Afghanistan. Reading other people (Americans) -- Assessing the situation : managing information -- Vetting others : expertise -- Assessing the situation : understanding politics -- Complicating factors -- Singular hierarchy + ownership. Ethnographic truths, part 2 -- Hierarchy -- Singular hierarchy -- Singular hierarchy + ownership -- Other issues -- Variation -- Further thoughts and approaches. Final thought
Summary "Leadership receives a tremendous amount of attention, but what about the day-to-day command challenges that confront O-4s, O-5s, and O-6s in today's war zones? What has command entailed over the past decade and a half for special operations force (SOF) commanders who have deployed to Afghanistan (and Iraq) either to lead or to work under Special Operations Task Forces (SOTFs) or Combined Joint Special Operations Task Forces (CJSOTFs)? In both theaters, officers have had to contend with various competing hierarchies and significant churn. What then might the Army and military do to obviate or mitigate these and other problems? The contours of a potential solution are described and its benefits discussed"--Publisher's web site
Notes "May 2017."
Paper version available for sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Publishing Office
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 81-101)
Notes Online resource, PDF version; title from PDF title page (SSI, viewed June 2, 2017)
Subject Command of troops
Armed Forces -- Personnel management.
Command of troops.
United States -- Armed Forces -- Personnel management
United States.
Form Electronic book
Author Army War College (U.S.). Press, publisher
Army War College (U.S.). Strategic Studies Institute, publisher
Other Titles View from the field
Twenty-first century challenges of command : a view from the field