A Case Study in Mission Command at the Battalion Level and Below, Kandahar, 2010
Anthony E. Carlson and Others
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Kandahar. 2010. Almost a decade after the September 11th terrorist attacks, Soldiers from the 2d Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) attacked Zhari District, the birthplace of the Taliban insurgency. This case study interprets the events of "Operation Nashville," the action designed to establish a foothold in Taliban-dominated Zhari for nearly the first time since the start of the war. Using exclusive interview footage with Colonel Peter Benchoff, combat photographs, and interactive digital elements, the case study describes how one highly disciplined and trained battalion used the principles of mission command to topple the Taliban's stranglehold.