The challenge the Army faces today is not one of over-thinking situations, rather it is the failure to think clearly in situations that require sound judgment at junior levels, and leadership's hesitation to believe that juniors can or will think clearly. Soldiers and junior leaders who are trained or conditioned to look at the situation-to assess, exercise judgment, and make a decision-are more decisive, deliberate, and correct in their actions. This is particularly important in the complex environment of full-spectrum operations. The most important capability needed for the future Army of 2030 and beyond are thinking Soldiers and junior leaders who seek the "why" of a situation, task, or directive. They are interested in this primarily to understand and make better use of the purpose behind it. But the future is now.
Theirs Is to Reason Why
Deciding when and how to close with an enemy may be the least important decision leaders make on an asymmetric battlefield.
By Major Donald Vandergriff, U.S. Army (Retired)