Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Leadership competencies required of Army officers to counter the Improvised Explosive Device threat
by Szurgyi, Arpad A., D.M., University of Phoenix, 2012, 230; 3510608
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of qualitative descriptive case study was to increase the understanding of the competencies and skills that may be most appropriate to address the leadership challenges presented by the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) threat to U.S. Army Officers deploying into such an environment. Members of the U.S. Armed Forces are responsible to prepare and sustain military power to advance national strategic goals. Challenging the achievement of the goals is the current military operational tempo and the asymmetric combat environment, exacerbated by the adversaries’ exploitation of the IED as a tactical weapon. The focus of theoretical framework that underscored the study effort was the need for U.S. Army to provide a trained and ready corps of officers prepared for leadership in an IED threat environment. The research methodology included participant interviews, review of after-action reports, and participation in lessons-learned presentations from units currently engaged or recently returned from deployment into areas affected by the an IED threat. The major themes and the findings of the study was the connectivity between competencies and skills and the training and education required to instill and hone such competencies. The participants articulated a sense of urgency on the need to inculcate expeditiously knowledge and experiences of those who experienced the challenges of the IED into pre-deployment training and officer career educational development processes. Based on the study findings, the U.S. Army should increase the training and educational opportunities required to ensure that future officers possess the competencies and skills required to address the IED challenges.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Stout, Mary
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 73/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Public administration, Organizational behavior, Military studies
Keywords: Army officers, Competencies, Improvised explosive device, Knowledge transfer, Leadership development, Leadership skills, Military leadership
Publication Number: 3510608
ISBN: 978-1-267-33411-4
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