Accession Number : ADA391859


Title :   Adaptive Command and Control of Theater Air Power


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIRPOWER STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Gerber, David K


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a391859.pdf


Report Date : Jun 1997


Pagination or Media Count : 200


Abstract : The Air Force doctrinally advocates centralized command and control with decentralized execution as the best means to concentrate force on any facet of an enemy's power. Although there are historical examples of effective command and control that has been less centralized, Air Force views decentralization as the cause of inefficient and suboptimal use of air power. Trends in modern business, government, economics, science, and computer and communications systems suggest that it is appropriate to develop predominantly decentralized command and control methods to enhance the current doctrine. This study constructs a decentralized vision of command and control which, together with current centralized methods, provides theater air commanders with a full spectrum of options. Two broad-based tools assist the development of the expanded spectrum of command and control options. First, this study develops a conceptual framework describes eight interconnected subject areas to consider in describing a command and control system. Second, this study describes the new science of complexity theory which provides interdisciplinary viewpoints to assess and enhance the adaptability and responsiveness of command and control. Juxtaposing the conceptual framework and complexity theory shows numerous intuitive connections between the two tools. Using the conceptual framework, the study describes the current archetype of centralized command and control through an organization built around a theater air operations center. Then, using complexity theory and other related sources, the study constructs a predominantly decentralized command and control system characterized by a networked hierarchical organization.


Descriptors :   *AIR FORCE , *ADAPTIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS , *COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS , *AIR POWER , *DECENTRALIZATION , THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS , ORGANIZATIONS , THESES , COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS , POWER , CENTRALIZED , MILITARY COMMANDERS , DOCTRINE , AIR CONTROL CENTERS


Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Command, Control and Communications Systems


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE