Accession Number : AD1020391

Title :   Web 2.0 Systems in the Brigade Combat Team as an Enabler of Mission Command: A Dialectic in Information Discourse

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

Personal Author(s) : Villalobos, Michael D

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Report Date : 10 Jun 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 105

Abstract : This qualitative research in the field of information science aims to examine the use of Web 2.0 systems in the Brigade Combat Team as an enabler of mission command. This thesis explores three research questions: 1) does the utilization of Web 2.0 systems as a facilitation mechanism for mission command serve as a benefice or an impediment to the decision cycle? 2) Do commanders and staffs benefit from the overabundance of available data and information as tools to improve the quality of decisions? Or, 3) does excessive user content impede decisions, manifesting as a form of buffer overflow? This work uses a combination of qualitative analysis, abductive reasoning, and case studies to analyze existing scholarship on the communications environment and how contemporary Web 2.0 systems affect military populations decision making with implications for further study.

Descriptors :   information systems , knowledge management , decision making , missions , military personnel , military operations , military commanders , internet , case studies , situational awareness , culture , military strategy

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE