Authors: Jeffrey D. From, Debbie S. Couch, Calvin S. Johnson
The Mission Command Battle Lab (MCBL) works regularly with a variety of organizations pushing the technological envelope within the mission command warfighting function (WfF). This paper shares the MCBL’s experience with the Army Regulation (AR) 5-5 study process and with using the study results while collaborating with other organizations to provide tangible benefits to the Army.
When I worked at an Air Force major command, I noticed that receiving a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request consistently caused program and contracting personnel to become distracted from their mission. Today, the risk of distraction has increased alarmingly. Money and effort have been diverted from accomplishing tasks. According to the Department of Defense (DoD) Chief FOIA Officer’s Reports for Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014, the DoD spent $166,542,828 ($166.5 million) to process 127,000 FOIA requests.
As an instructor for the Air Force Institute of Technology’s Intermediate Project Management class (IPM 301), I sometimes hear students express deep frustration with their seeming inability to make any positive progress on their programs. In a recent presentation, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Ward fielded several questions from junior program managers (PMs) about what they could do to make a difference in their programs. Ward’s responses echoed good advice I received during my career, which I was inspired to share.