163rd Military Intelligence Battalion, 504th Military Inteligence Brigade, warriors gathered Feb. 8-11 during their Mission Command Course.
Mission command is based on mutual trust, shared understanding, and purpose, according to Army Doctrine Reference Publication 6-0. It demands that every Soldier be prepared to assume responsibility and maintain unity of effort, take prudent actions, and act resourcefully within the commander’s intent.
Maj. Ricardo Munoz, the battalion operations officer, said the course is very important to the unit. With a high op-tempo, it is easy for the Soldiers to burn out if they are continuously chosen to lead various missions. This course provides the foundations for Soldiers to learn the whole process from writing and receiving the operations order to mission execution.
Soldiers in the class learned about the different intelligence teams and their roles on the battlefield from signals, human, geospatial, counter and even aerial intelligence.
“We are ensuring that our Soldiers do not stay in their own intelligence silo,” Munoz said.
The nature of military operations are complex, human endeavors, characterized by the continuous, mutual adaptation to give and take, moves and counter moves, among all participants, according to ADRP 6-0.
An important aspect that Munoz taught was how to speak common terms between different warfighting platforms, such as maneuver.
1st Lt. David Jackson, 163rd MI Bn., said that the intelligence warfighting function often supports maneuver capabilities so it is important for intelligence Soldiers to learn how to commonly speak between multiple platforms.
Commanders and subordinates must learn from experience, anticipate change and develop adaptability so they can conduct operations more effectively than their opponents.
The class heard from other skilled Soldiers about their experiences in both the classroom environment and putting the skills learned in the class to practical use during missions.
2nd Lt. Raven New, 163rd MI Bn., said that the in-class portion assisted her with learning the placement of intelligence on the battlefield. During the practical exercise it was more difficult.
“You need to know your audience and your mission,” she said. “Ask the right questions and understand the order before going out. Make plans and contingencies.”
She said that during her first mission, she had communications, but things rarely went as planned. Having a contingency was important.
Several Soldiers who attended the course agreed with the fact that having multiple communication plans was highly important.
In the end, Soldiers learned the importance of commander’s intent, the different roles other intelligence fields have, and how toexecute a plan from conception to completion.