An Army at Rest: Encouraging Mission Command in a Garrison Environment

  • Lieutenant Colonel Michael A. Konczey

Mission command enables the future joint force to successfully navigate the increasingly dynamic and complex operational environment. Trust, and the Army’s ability to foster trust across each echelon, is critical to mission command’s premise of leaders at all levels empowered through trust to execute disciplined initiative within the commander’s intent. As the Army transitions from a decade-plus of persistent conflict to garrison, leaders face challenges in fostering this trust. This research project explores the importance of trust as it relates to the philosophy pillar of mission command and how one builds trust. Next, it defines the garrison environment and the inherent risks to trust. Finally, it makes recommendations on how to encourage and sustain mission command in garrison.