Staff Facilitation of Commander Decision-Making in LSCO

By Lead Analyst: Mitchell Payne, Contributing Analyst: LTC James WattsApril 19, 2023

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One of the primary functions of the staff at any level in large-scale combat operations (LSCO) is to facilitate the commander’s ability to make timely and accurate decisions. Recent observations across multiple warfighters have shown that staff processes often fail to meet the necessary information requirements that facilitate the commander’s decision-making. While doctrine prescribes and describes the process to formulate the commander’s critical information requirements (CCIR), the differentiation between doctrine and execution indicates a gap in the doctrinal application, training, or doctrine itself.

This article will examine how military staff personnel develop CCIR and suggest an alternative approach to CCIR development based on observations across multiple warfighter exercises.

Additionally, this article will discuss common commander decisions in LSCO. This will inform staff leaders on how to anticipate better and facilitate commander decision-making.

Finally, this article will discuss the relationship between decision-making, organizational agility, and risk.

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