Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Taking smart action to help the larger organization

Story by Maj. John Alderman IV
State Public Affairs Officer
Sept. 24, 2012

I think one of the secrets of the U.S. Army's success in modern, decentralized operations, is the "nested" effect of our operations order format. We don't just tell subordinates what to do --- we tell them what the higher headquarters is doing as well. That nested format is the enabler of what people say is our key advantage over adversaries: Initiative.

What's our higher headquarters' higher headquarters' higher headquarters concerned about right now? How does what we're doing in the Georgia Guard at drill next month fit into the larger picture?

Last week the Director of the Army National Guard, Lt. Gen. Ingram, presented to leaders his five strategic imperatives for the Army Guard.
1. Preserve the operational Army National Guard.
2. Generate ready units and Soldiers.
3. Partner with combatant commanders to provide relevant, ready forcescapable of performing unified land operations worldwide.
4. Provide the nation's force of choice for domestic operations.
5. Enhance the ARNG's core strengths, character, and culture.

Below are links to two documents: One, a summary slide deck that will give you the basics, and the other a detailed booklet that provides some details. Between them, we leaders have a good opportunity to see how we can act within larger organizational goals to make the Georgia Guard all it can be.

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