Accession Number : ADA331306

Title :   Nested Concepts: Implementing Commander's Vision and Securing Unity of Effort

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

Personal Author(s) : Prosser, Brian D.

PDF Url : ADA331306

Report Date : 22 MAY 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 71

Abstract : This monograph argues that the idea of nested concepts is an inviolate principle which will be even more critical on the future battlefield. The primary research question is: will the future battlefield's environment still require nested concepts to enable subordinates at all levels to make sound, timely decisions? This monograph examines past trends in weapons and information technology. These trends are applied to the future to envision the future battlefield environment. Tempo will continue to increase and soldiers will have to make decisions in a time-compressed environment. With smaller and more isolated units, it will be imperative for soldiers to analyze situations, use judgment and take initiative. Even though Force XXI technology will improve situational awareness, a commander's vision is still required to provide the common goal and framework for the organization. Shared vision allows subordinates to exploit opportunities. Nested concepts is a vehicle to communicate the vision throughout an organization. By insuring that the assigned purposes in the concept of operations support the commander's intent, nested concepts secures unity of effort. Nested concepts controls a subordinate's relationship both vertically with his commander and horizontally with his fellow commanders. But it does not control his actions. Implementing the commander's vision through nested concepts will enable subordinates to use their judgment and take the initiative when required to accomplish the common goal.

Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING, *MILITARY COMMANDERS, *JUDGEMENT(PSYCHOLOGY), MILITARY STRATEGY, CENTRALIZED, MILITARY PLANNING, MILITARY TACTICS, AWARENESS, MILITARY PSYCHOLOGY, COMMAND GUIDANCE, MILITARY ART.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE