Our Approach

Retired Army Major Donald Vandergriff provided the vision and intent to provide a collection of essays on how to develop a culture of mission command within various organizations. How can a leader, at whatever level, take actions to improve their people and improve their organization to achieve better results faster, or more effectively, or at less cost. Or some combination of these. In true mission command style, a collection of authors seized the initiative and self-organized each taking action as they saw fit to achieve the overall intent. So we bring you "Mission Command: The Who, What, Where, When, and Why".

Our Story

Retired Army Major Donald Vandergriff used the power of distributed social networks to bring together and harness the collective wisdom of military professionals, academics, and various subject matter experts with a passion for developing better problem solvers and decision makers and the organizational cultures that allows them to flourish. Solving unstructured problems in an ambiguous or complex environment requires a shared vision for the future, trust between various sub-elements in an organization, and the capability for the decision makers at the edge to act independently to achieve the higher level intent. For the U.S. military and some of its allies this is known as "mission command" and is heavily influenced by Prussian and later German military culture, organization, and professional development. While it is the current espoused doctrine, the implementation has many shortcomings. The purpose of this team of authors is to shed light on actions to be taken to better develop a culture of mission command.

Meet the Team

A diverse group of writers with years of experience leading with mission command philosophy. You can read more about each author on their Author page and see some of their other projects.

Don Vandergriff

Don served 24 years as a Marine and ARNG enlisted and US Army Armor officer. He is an award winning author and teacher. Bio


Stephen Webber

Stephen is a reserve officer in the U.S. Navy and civilian defense policy analyst. He recently served as an advisor to MoI in Afghanistan. Bio.

Daniel T. Markert

Daniel is an infantry lieutenant colonel in the California Army National Guard and owner of Invictus6 LLC Performance Training. Bio.

Scott B. Sonnon

Scott is a human performance specialist for DoD, DHS, and other law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Bio.

Gerry Long


Gerry is a major in the U.K. Army with 24 years in the Parachute Regiment and recently 11 years in Princess of Wales Royal Regiment. Bio.

Joe Labarbera

Joe served for 20 years leading military and civilians in the U.S. Army and Marine Corps in combat and combat support units with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Bio.

Regina Parker

Regina is a U.S. Army second lieutenant from West Point, a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing with an M.A. in economics and currently enrolled in Harvard Medical School. Bio.

Fred Leland

Fred is a former U.S. Marine and a retired police lieutenant from Walpole, MA. He is the Founder and Principal Trainer of LESC: Law Enforcement & Security Consulting. More


Thomas Rebuck

Thomas is an armor major currently serving as executive officer for 3rd Squadron 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment Tennessee Army National Guard. Bio.

Darrell Fawley

Darrell is a U.S. Army infantry major with experience in Stryker and light units and deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Bio.


Tommy Krabberød

Tommy graduated from the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy in 1995 and is currently in the rank of commander. He has served on-board Oslo class frigates as navigator and head of the deck department and since 2003 as a leadership lecturer at the Norwegian naval academy. Bio.

Chad Foster

Chad is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, a graduate of the United States Military Academy, the Naval War College and currently commanding 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry in the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Carson. Bio.


Grant Martin

Grant is a special forces lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army with over 20 years in special operations forces. A graduate of The Citadel, he has an MBA from George Mason University, an MMAS from the School of Advanced Military Studies, and is a PhD student in NC State University’s Public Administration Program. Bio.


Next Steps...

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