The Myth of Mission Command

HOW “SYNCHRONIZATION WARFARE” HAS REMOVED THE HUMAN FROM MODERN WARFARE

By Don Vandergriff

Doctrine expressed through manuals in the age of so-called Mission Command continues to emphasize Synchronization Warfare (SW). The top-down decision-making architecture embraced as doctrine in the Army, Air Force, and Navy is an updated version of the French World War II doctrine called “methodical battle.” Today, SW is in the form of a concept that emerging sensor, communications, data processing, and precision-guidance technologies can be glued together with detailed standard operating procedures (SOPs). At the heart of SW is the cybernetic concept of negative feedback control loops that can be used to build a single mechanized OODA loop fitting all levels of an organization. Being a mechanical conception, Synchronization Warfare emphasizes hardware over people, as can be seen clearly in the hype surrounding the techno-centric revolution in military affairs so popular with defense intellectuals, politicians, and contractors.

Read the rest of this myth at the Strategy Bridge   and read how to change from synchronization warfare to maneuver warfare through Mission Command: An Anthology.

Myth of Mission Command
Synchronization Warfare in Desert Storm

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