Accession Number : ADA331342

Title :   Dynamics of Command: Do They Have a Future?

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

Personal Author(s) : Sinclair, Karen L.

PDF Url : ADA331342

Report Date : 22 MAY 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 60

Abstract : The purpose of this monograph is to examine the six dynamics of command; leadership, decision making, information assimilation, visualization, conceptualization, and communication. The primary research question is: Are the dynamics of command relevant for future Army operations? This monograph concludes that the dynamics of command are still relevant for future warfare. This monograph examines the theoretical underpinnings of command and determines that there is evidence of the six dynamics discussed in theory. This monograph studies the doctrine of the U. S. Army from 1941 to the present to determine if the dynamics were present in our doctrine. This monograph studies the command of two known great captains, General Ulysses S. Grant and General Matthew B. Ridgway, to ascertain whether any of the dynamics can be applied to their command. The nature of future warfare is studied and the dynamics of command applied to the future commander. With increased lethality, dispersion, volume of fire, precision of weapons and increased information available, a commander of the future will need to demonstrate all the dynamics of command to be successful. The nature of warfare may change but the human element of soldiers and commanders does not.

Descriptors :   *LEADERSHIP, *MILITARY COMMANDERS, WARFARE, DECISION MAKING, ARMY OPERATIONS, COMMAND GUIDANCE.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE