Strategic Perspectives 33 The Micromanagement Myth And Mission Command: Making the Case for Oversight of Military Operations

Strategic Perspectives 33 The Micromanagement Myth And Mission Command: Making the Case for Oversight of Military Operations
Title:
Strategic Perspectives 33 The Micromanagement Myth And Mission Command: Making the Case for Oversight of Military Operations
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This paper addresses a national security issue with broad and important implications. It documents the pervasiveness of the myth that “civilian” micromanagement of field operations has been a major factor in the failure or shortcomings of major military operations from Vietnam to the present. It then demolishes that myth, correctly pointing out that failures have generally come from inadequate clarity of mission, strategic incoherence, and toleration of conflicting policies by subordinates rather than from Presidential control of tactical decisions. Author Dr. Lamb points out that senior military officers inflict more instances of unproductive micromanagement on their subordinates than the President and Secretary of Defense. Having discredited the myth, Dr. Lamb goes on to provide useful advice for high-ranking military officers to establish mutually respectful and productive relations with their appointed and elected superiors, to institute oversight mechanisms to ensure the mission of the operation is succeeding, and to intervene when it is not. – Excerpt from book.

 

 

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Executive Summary 1

Introduction 3

Part I: The Historical Record   4

Historical Observations  24

Part II: Leadership, Micromanagement, and Mission Command  25

Recommendations 34

Conclusion  37

Notes  39

About the Author 59

Audience

US military officials within the chain of command, Congressional and defense contractors serving as military hardware and software providers

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Author:
  • Christopher J. Lamb
Key Phrases:
  • Strategic
  • Military Operations
  • Myth and Mission Command
  • Leadership
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Record Creation Date:
08/24/2020
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