Mission Command-able? Assessing the Compatibility of Organizational Change and Military Culture in the U.S. Army


  • Harris Stephenson University of Calgary


As of 2009, the leadership U.S. Army has been attempting to institutionalize the decentralized command-philosophy of mission command into the Army. However, they have overlooked the potential for significant resistance to this change by the organization's culture. By drawing upon a wide range of secondary source literature and primary doctrinal research, this paper concludes that the attempt to instill mission command into the Army is likely to fail. 

Author Biography

Harris Stephenson, University of Calgary

Harris Stephenson is a masters candidate at the University of Calgary's Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts, honours, in Political Science from the University of Calgary in 2014. Research interests included: the US military, US foreign and security policy, organizational dynamics, and the Canadian military.






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