In order to fight and win wars, the Army must be organized, directed, controlled, supported, and sustained in a manner that guarantees mission accomplishment. The Army of the 21st century combines flexible organizational elements, battle-proven techniques of leadership, and a basic concept of command and control that combines historical experience and modern information technology. The Army Battle Command System ABCS provides commanders the battle command architecture necessary to gain and maintain the initiative and successfully execute missions. ABCS consists of 11 battlefield systems that provide capabilities to support the warfighters mission needs. Each system aids in planning, coordinating, and executing operations by providing access and passing information from a horizontally integrated command and control network.