Understanding Command and Control
ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (C3I/COMMAND CONTROL RESEARCH PROGRAM) WASHINGTON DC
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Understanding Command and Control is the first in a new series of CCRP Publications that will explore the future of Command and Control C2. This book begins at the beginning focusing on the problems Command and Control was designed and has evolved to solve. It is only by changing the focus from what Command and Control is to why Command and Control is that the U.S. military will place itself in a position to move on. Although transformation, which is inarguably about disruptive innovation, is a major policy objective of not only the DoD, but militaries throughout the world, these commitments to transformation have yet to shift the focus of Command and Control analysis and experimentation to the other side of the discontinuity. This series is meant to stimulate and contribute to the exploration of the other side. The purpose of the book is to provide the conceptual foundation for the C2 research and experimentation necessary to develop and explore the new C2 approaches needed for this transformation. In developing and presenting this foundation, the authors are unwaveringly focused on the future, not the past. While the foundation presented can be used to understand traditional approaches to C2, its value lies in its ability to help the military understand new network-centric approaches. The intended audience is very broad because, without a broad-based understanding of C2, progress is problematical. At the same time, the authors also are addressing issues crucial to the C2 community, from practitioners to theoreticians.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Command, Control and Communications Systems