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Commander and Staff Organization and Operations

Cadets will understand how and why commanders cross-functionally organize their staff in a way to most efficiently exercise mission command and to command and control military operations.
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Chris Rhoades

on 8 September 2016

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Transcript of Commander and Staff Organization and Operations

Learning Outcomes:
Cadets will understand how and why commanders cross-functionally organize their staff in a way to most efficiently exercise mission command and to command and control military operations. Cadets will familiarize with the duties and responsibilities of staff officers and how they collectively support the commander.
Learning Objectives:
Define the operations process and give examples of the four major mission command activities
Discuss the four guiding principles of the operations process
Discuss how commanders drive the operation process and provide tasks conducted by the staff to aid the commander
Commander and Staff Organization and Operations
Cell Work
Take three minutes to analyze your two assigned mission command activities. Be prepared to differentiate the two before the class.
Blue: Plan/Assess
Black: Prepare/Execute
Red: Plan/Preparing
Green: Preparing/Assess
Yellow: Execute/Assess
Cell Work
Take three minutes and review the assigned principle. Be prepared to explain the principle and it is important to the operations process.
Blue: CDRs Drive Ops Process
Black: Apply Critical/Creative Thinking
Green: Build/Maint Situational Understanding
Red: Partner with another Cell
Yellow: Encourage Colab/Dialogue
Cell Work
Take three minutes to brainstorm all the ways a staff can help the commander understand, visualize, describe, direct, lead and assess. Be prepared to discuss your findings with the class.
- Advising and informing the commander
- Building and maintaining running estimates
- Providing recommendations
- Preparing plans, orders, and other staff writing
- Assessing operations
- Managing information within area of expertise
- Identifying and analyzing problems.
- Coordinating staff
- Conducting staff assistance visits
- Performing composite risk management
- Performing intelligence preparation of the battlefield
- Conducting staff inspections
- Completing staff research
- Performing staff administrative procedures
- Exercising staff supervision over their area of expertise
Support the commander.
Assist subordinate commanders, staffs, and units.
Inform units and organizations outside the headquarters.
Primary Staff Responsibility
Staff Organization
A staff section is a grouping of staff members by area of expertise under a coordinating, special, or personal staff officer. A principal staff officer—who may be a coordinating, special, or personal staff officer for the commander—leads each staff section. The number of coordinating, special, and personal principal staff officers and their corresponding staff sections varies with different command levels. FM 6-0 para 2-26
The battalion XO is the battalion commander's principal assistant for directing, coordinating, supervising, and training the staff. Primary coordinating staff sections are:
S-1 (Personnel)
S-2 (Intelligence)
S-3 (Operations)
S-4 (Logistics)
S-5 (Plans)
S-6 (Signal)
Coordinating
FM 6-0 para 2-8
Special
Personal
The Battalion XO exercises coordinating staff responsibility over special staff officers. Examples of Special Staff Include:
Physician Assistant (PA) or Surgeon
Chemical Officer (CHEMO)
Safety Officer (SO)
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer (EOD)
Public Affairs Officer (PAO)
During operations, special staff officers work in parts of the CP designated by the commander, COS, or their supervising coordinating staff officer. In general, the COS (XO) exercises coordinating staff responsibility over those special staff officers without a coordinating staff officer.
Chapliain
Command Sergeant Major
Staff Judge Advocate
Aid-De-Camp
Doctrine Man and COL Underpants in the TOC
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