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Mission Command and JC41: Managing Chaos in a Dynamic World

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[Technical Report, Master's Thesis]

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NDU / Joint Forces Staff College

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Executing effective mission command has always been a challenge and in todays technologically saturated joint operating environment is doubly so, but not solely for the reasons expected. History has seen the progression of technology enable commanders and staffs to extend their reach and provide more centralized control over subordinate commands in near real time affording the management of synchronizing the battle space for the commander, and allowing decentralized operations and freedom of action by subordinates, but this can come at the cost of executing effective mission command. The development, adoption, and incorporation of new technologies for Joint Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence JC4I has not been done in a holistic manner, which negates the effectiveness of communications and precludes seamless integration of those components creating operational frustrations. In order to be more effective at executing tasks and efficient at employing finite resources in an ever-increasing joint command structure, commanders must leverage the appropriate capabilities.

Subject Categories:

  • Command, Control and Communications Systems
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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[A, Approved For Public Release]