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You hardly go a day without reading a journal entry or a blog post about the Army’s leadership philosophy: “mission command.” We all get the gist — clear commander’s intent, short mission orders, empowering subordinates. Junior leaders like the philosophy because it keeps commanders from meddling in their business. Senior leaders like it because it frees them to focus on more important issues.

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Photo by 1st Lt. Henry Chan

In a Washington Post article, retired Lt. Gen. David W. Barno recently wrote that the Army’s transition from two of the longest wars in U.S. history to relative peace at home “...could weaken the Army’s warfighting capabilities and drive talented, combat-experienced young leaders from the force.”

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