mission type order. An order issued to a lower unit that includes the accomplishment of the total mission assigned to the higher headquarters.
Effective mission planning and rehearsals, based on a thorough understanding of the environment at the supported unit, yield mission type orders that synchronize ISR assets and effects.
(2) However, over the past several years, the Air Force's ISR operators developed the ISR mission type order (MTO) to overcome impractical and constrictive tasking procedures rooted in doctrine and inflexible theater guidelines that detract from the gains in hardware.
This mission type order represents a proven tasking method, already part of tasking procedures for three of the six geographic unified commands.
During this unnamed operation, delegated authorities were defined in clear mission type orders that produced an effective collection strategy which aligned all ISR/SRO missions.
A clearly defined commander's intent and the freedom of mission type orders allowed C2 and ISR subject-matter experts to devise collection strategies and adapt quickly to real-time situations.
(1) To better understand the context of this article, it is helpful to provide the definition of mission command used by the Armed Forces: " the conduct of military operations through decentralized execution based upon mission type orders
. Successful mission command demands that subordinate leaders at all echelons exercise disciplined initiative and act aggressively and independently to accomplish the mission.
These principles--commander's intent, mission type orders
, and decentralized execution--are now prevalent in current joint and service doctrine.
Developing trust gains synergy with mission partners and enables mission type orders
This will stress the hierarchical approach along all three dimensions of the C2 approach space or "cube." Mission Command responds by advocating decentralized execution based upon mission type orders
, increased sharing of information both horizontally and laterally, and networked interaction with a greater number and variety of all types of organizations--any of which can support or be supported by any other.
To remain flexible and best manage airpower across the Central Command theater, I provide each ACCE with a fragmentary order with commander's intent and mission type orders
outlining the limits of his authorities.