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Commander's Intent


Definition: Commander's Intent describes how the Commander (leader, CEO) envisions the battlefield at the conclusion of the mission. In other words, it shows what success looks like. A Commander's Intent is typically guiding military-focused operations and it is a publicly stated description of the end-state as it relates to forces (entities, people) and terrain, the purpose of the operation, and key tasks to accomplish. It is normally developed by a small group, e.g. staff, and a commander. It acts as a basis for staffs and subordinates to develop their own plans and orders to transform thought into action, while maintaining the overall intention of their commander.


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