Thursday, July 16, 2015
The Challenge of Combat Leadership
This is what Army doctrine calls a decision point, where the commander must decide on a specific course of action (COA). From Army Field manual 6–0: A decision point is a point in space and time when the commander or staff anticipates making a key decision concerning a specific course of action…A decision point requires a decision by the commander. It does not dictate what the decision is, only that the commander must make one, and when and where it should be made to maximally impact friendly or enemy courses of action or the accomplishment of stability tasks. A decision must be made. Your key variables are your mission and protecting your force to fight another day. Your mission, as given by your brigade commander, was to hold at all costs, thereby eliminating your force. However, if you are overrun by the superior forces to your front and left, the position would be lost anyways. A fighting withdrawal might buy time to get reinforcements from another part of the battlefield, although none have been forthcoming so far.