Varios 109 TRADUCCIONES R&S tasks allow BCTs to achieve positions of relative advantage by confirming or denying initial assumptions of the tactical and operational situation. They reduce uncertainty by allowing the commander to describe, direct, lead and assess operations to make decisions. Cavalry squadrons, along with other brigade information-collection (IC) assets, provide a continuous flow of information that make contact (visual; obstacles; direct; indirect; aircraft; chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear; non-hostile and electronic warfare) with enemy elements under favorable conditions. They identify opportunities, prevent surprises and enable brigades to make timely decisions while providing reaction time and maneuver space to set conditions for future operations. Further, employment of reconnaissance assets reduces uncertainty, especially when used for reconnaissance push and pulls. A reconnaissance push occurs when commanders have a relatively thorough understanding of the operational environment. In these cases, commanders push reconnaissance assets into specific portions of their areas of operation to confirm, deny and validate planning assumptions. A reconnaissance pull occurs when commanders are uncertain of the composition and disposition of enemy forces in their areas of operation, information about terrain is vague and time is limited. In these cases, reconnaissance assets work over a broad area to develop the enemy situation. As they gain an understanding of enemy weaknesses, they then pull the main body to positions of tactical advantage. What is mission command? It is the exercise of authority and direction by the commander using mission orders to enable disciplined initiative within the commander’s intent, empowering leaders in conducting ULO. Mission command guides commanders. To do this, they must leverage its six principles: • Build cohesive teams through trust. Mutual trust is shared confidence among commanders, subordinates and partners. Effective commanders build cohesive teams in an environment of mutual trust. Trust flows both ways: leaders to subordinates and subordinates Memorial de Caballería, n.º 86 - Diciembre 2018 to commanders. • Create shared understanding. Shared understanding and purpose form the basis for unity of effort and trust (trust implies expectations that are shared). Commanders and staffs actively build and maintain shared understanding within the force and with unified-action partners by continual collaboration throughout the operations process. • Provide clear commander’s intent. The commander’s intent is a clear and concise expression of the purpose of the operation and the desired military end state that supports mission command, provides focus to the staff and helps subordinate and supporting commanders act to achieve the commander’s desired results without further orders, even when the operation does not unfold as planned (Joint Publication 3-0). • Exercise disciplined initiative. Disciplined initiative is action when these conditions apply: 1) absence of orders; 2) existing orders no longer fit the situation; or 3) unforeseen opportunities or threats arise. • Use mission orders. Mission orders are used to assign tasks, allocate resources and issue broad guidance. • Accept prudent risks. Commanders accept prudent risk when making decisions because uncertainty exists in all military operations. Prudent risk is a deliberate exposure to potential injury or loss when the commander judges the outcome in terms of mission accomplishment as worth the cost (ADP 6-0). Opportunities come with risks. The willingness to accept prudent risk is often the key to exposing enemy weaknesses.
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