Mission Command in the Age of Network-Enabled Operations: Social Network Analysis of Information Sharing and Situation Awareness
U.S. Army Research Laboratory Aberdeen Proving Ground United States
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A common assumption in organizations is that information sharing improves situation awareness and ultimately organizational effectiveness. The sheer volume and rapid pace of information and communications received and readily accessible through computer networks, however, can overwhelm individuals, resulting in data overload from a combination of diverse data sources, multiple data formats, and large data volumes. The current conceptual framework of network enabled operationsNEO posits that robust networking and information sharing act as a positive feedback loop resulting in greater situation awareness and mission effectiveness in military operations Alberts and Garstka, 2004.We test this assumption in a large-scale, 2-week military training exercise.