This reality emphasizes one of the major shortfalls of the RMW: Instructions for completing the worksheet state that the overall risk for a mission is determined by the hazard that has the highest residual risk.
To address this shortfall, the instructions for the RMW should include a requirement to upgrade mission risk to the next level if the mission has four or more hazards at medium or high levels.
I believe the primary cause for this trend was the dilution of emphasis and competition among the laundry list of tasks on the RMW. It is the approval authority's responsibility to provide clear, prioritized instructions free of nuance.
During the mission brief, the controls requiring specific Soldier actions during execution, particularly those that are not routine, are the most important elements of the RMW. 1 call this component of the RMW "the execution list." Soldiers and noncommissioned officers already have a tremendous amount of information to process, and it is critical that they do not receive any that is unnecessary.
Once a control becomes habitual, remove it from the RMW and move the next hazard by priority onto the execution list.
The last habit to be addressed is the timing of the completion and apps oval of the RMW. One of the key characteristics of risk management is that it is a continuous process.
One of the lessons I learned as an approval authority was that reviewing the RMW the day of the mission did not provide the time needed to make adjustments.