UK general discusses future of mission commandLt. Gen. Sir Nick Carter discusses the challenge of making joint operations work overseas and the future of mission command Feb. 26 at Robinson Auditorium.
Lt. Gen. Sir Nick Carter, commander of the United Kingdom Land Forces, lectured the Class of 2015 at Robinson Auditorium Feb. 26 on mission command with his perspective from division down to platoon leader level.
Under UK doctrine, mission command is defined as a philosophy of command, with centralized intent and decentralized execution. It is suited for complex, dynamic and adversarial situations. Mission command focuses on outcomes, and stresses the importance of understanding what effect is to be achieved, rather than specifying the ways by which it should be achieved.
In 2009, Carter took his division to Kandahar in southern Afghanistan and became responsible for Regional Command South.
“It was a very interesting time to do that mission because Gen. (Stanley) McChrystal just took command of ISAF (International Security Assistance Force), and he came with a new and refreshing approach,” Carter said. Read More
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West Point Alpine Ski hosts Navy, CornellThe West Point Alpine Ski team went from competitive to hobby club this academic year but the competitive spirit was alive March 1 when the cadets hosted teams from the U.S. Naval Academy and Cornell University at Victor Constant Ski Slope. This was the first time West Point Alpine Ski competed against Navy at home in 20 years. In addition to the collegiate competition, the race was preceded by the West Point Junior Alpine Race Program (8-14 year olds) making this a great exchange between local racing youth and some veteran collegiate racers. Mike Strasser/PV
Alpine skiing is a sport that requires endurance, precision and dedication. It is a challenge taken on by only a handful of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, but to these few athletes, such as Class of 2015 Cadet Chris Emerson, it is second nature.
“We all love racing, we’ve just been doing it our whole lives,” Emerson said shortly after finishing his second run in the Giant Slalom event.
In the 2012-13 academic year the West Point Alpine Ski team, despite protest from the team and their supporters, was downgraded from a competitive sport to hobby club status. This took away authorized time to train and practice and, unfortunately, left them with no choice but to disband for the season. Read More
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