Accession Number : ADA324344

Title :   Building the Tactical Nerve Center: Enhancing Battalion Commander and Staff Performance in the Tactical Decision Making Process.

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

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

Personal Author(s) : Glenn, Harry C., III

PDF Url : ADA324344

Report Date : DEC 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 59

Abstract : This monograph examines battalion commander and staff performance in conducting the tactical decision making process. The National Training Center and the Joint Readiness Training Center continue to report battalion commanders and staff have difficulty in executing the tactical decision making process in a time constrained environment. A trained commander and staff are an essential combat multiplier in the rapidly changing, chaotic battlefield of today and the future. This monograph, using Peter Senge's The Fifth Discipline, investigates the five disciplines and their application to the infantry battalion commander and his staff. It will determine if the battalion commander can apply the five disciplines to create a higher performing command and staff system and achieve the necessary leverage to consistently succeed in the tactical decision making process. It will provide a framework for the commander and staff to understand how they think about themselves and their organization; how it affects the commander's decision making and the staff's performance. Finally, this monograph offers recommendations to enable battalions to become a learning organization. Establishing a climate of openness, creating a mini-learning organization within the battalion staff, subordinate leader empowerment in decision making, and microworlds are all means to create the conditions for establishing a learning environment. The battalion as a learning organization is essential to improving the quality of commander and battalion staff decision making.

Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING, *BATTALION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, *MILITARY COMMANDERS, COMMAND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS, LEADERSHIP, ARMY TRAINING, MILITARY DOCTRINE, OPERATIONAL READINESS, MANPOWER UTILIZATION, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), INFANTRY, BATTLEFIELDS, TEAMS(PERSONNEL), MORALE, TACTICAL ANALYSIS, ARMY OPERATIONS, ARMY PLANNING, ORGANIZATION THEORY, TACTICAL DATA SYSTEMS, BATTLE MANAGEMENT.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE