Accession Number : ADA301158

Title :   Commander's Intent: It's Evolution in the United States Army.

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Patterson, J. S.

PDF Url : ADA301158

Report Date : 19 MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 88

Abstract : This monograph examines the origins of the concept of conveying the intentions of the commander to subordinates from its initial appearance in Army doctrine in 1905 until the present day. While many believe they understand the genesis of this concept, this review of doctrine and professional writings from 1897 until the present, demonstrates how different generations of Army leaders have used the same concept in different environments. By examination of the history of the concept today referred to as commander's intent, this monograph shows how doctrine in general evolves and matures in the Army. This is relevant as the Army moves into a new century, and seeks to determine a doctrine appropriate for the time. By comparing the situation the Army faced at the dawn of the last century, and following the maturation of the concept of commander's intent, this monograph demonstrates that doctrinal concepts are fundamentally applicable over time, and that the more we may think we change as an institution; the more we stay the same.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *MILITARY COMMANDERS, *JUDGEMENT(PSYCHOLOGY), *TACTICAL COMMUNICATIONS, *EVOLUTION(DEVELOPMENT), MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), OFFICER PERSONNEL, ARMY OPERATIONS, MATURATION.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE