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Mission Command in Operation Just Cause | Small Wars Journal

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The US Army has been studying and evolving its approaches to military operations, with learning from past experiences being one of the best methods to enhance its ability to fight.  

Operation Just Cause, a complex Joint Operation against the Panamanian Defense Force in Panama in 1989, demonstrated the importance of training, planning, and leadership to prevail in combat operations. Mission command, which empowers subordinate decision-making and decentralized execution appropriate to the situation, was decisive in accomplishing the mission during Operation Just Cause. The scenario in Panama leading up to the operation highlighted the importance of synchronizing military capabilities across multiple domains. Operation Just Cause demonstrated how training, mission command, and leadership provided a vast advantage for US forces, making it an excellent case study to support the enhancement of the US Army’s ability to fight. 

 Source: https://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/mission-command-operation-just-cause 


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