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FM 6-0, Commander and Staff Organization and Operations, provides commanders and staffs with many of the tactics and procedures associated with exercising mission command. Mission command is the exercise of authority and direction by the commander using mission orders to enable disciplined initiative within the commander's intent to empower agile and adaptive leaders in the conduct of unified land operations (ADP 6-0). Mission command is both a philosophy and a warfighting function.

FM 6-0 is intended to serve several purposes. First, it provides commanders and staffs specific information they will need in the exercise of mission command. Second, the manual provides multiple templates and examples of products that commanders and staffs routinely use in the conduct of operations. Finally, FM 6-0 discusses roles and responsibilities that should be understood to facilitate ease of communication among various members of different organizations. It should be noted that although FM 6-0 provides tactics and procedures, commanders may modify products as necessary to meet mission requirements. Local standard operating procedures (SOPs) may also provide examples of products more suitable to specific situations.

Although reading and understanding is critical to successful performance as a staff officer, please pay special attention to the following chapters:

Chapter 1: Command Post Organization and Operations

Chapter 2: Staff Duties and Responsibilities

Chapter 4: Problem Solving

Chapter 7: Military Briefings

Chapter 9: The Military Decisionmaking Process (MDMP)

Chapter 14: Decisionmaking in Execution