An Airman's Perspective on Mission Command
This article examines one Airman’s view of the benefits of mission command. It explains the gains made in operational-level command and control processes over the past 20 years and outlines a tactical role for the concept of mission commanders as US forces try to improve tactical-level joint integration. Additionally, it suggests the need for more study before trumpeting the success of the current strategies employed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Nevertheless, the article argues that current operational practices and the training of tactical-level mission commanders improve the joint force, regardless of the strategy selected to attain military objectives.