By Col Trent R. Carpenter, USAF, Air University
/ Published October 13, 2016
To command and control (C2) joint air operations effectively in a contested and degraded environment, the US Air Force and joint community must instill the concepts and principles of mission command in their culture. To do so, operational- and tactical-level commanders should build a vital foundation of trust. The operational-level commanders have to create a shared understanding of campaign objectives and provide well-defined, clear intent that guides the tactical-level commanders in exercising disciplined and educated initiative. Furthermore, the use of mission-type orders will facilitate decentralized execution and initiative in conjunction with the assumption and acceptance of appropriate risk. It is also critical to develop and employ an effective C2 architecture to lead joint air operations through mission command. However, it is even more critical for commanders to develop and employ a philosophy that enables a vital culture of trust without which mission command and effective air operations cannot succeed. More
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