Procedures for Assessing the Value of Command and Control Capabilities
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The command and control C-squared function, an integral part of intelligence and communications, provides the structure which enables the National Command Authority NCA the President and Secretary of Defense, to exercise command and control over deployed U.S. forces through the Joint Chiefs of Staff JCS. In view of the significance of the C-squared function, a pertinent question is, How much C-squared capability is enough. In order to assess the value of a particular C-squared capability, the cost of achieving that capability must be weighed against the potential benefits of allocating funds elsewhere. Examination of the breakdown of the Department of Defense Budget would prompt a reasonable inquiry Is this allocation scheme the best overall scheme for meeting the long-term goal of defending the nation. More specifically, is the seven-percent allocation for C-squared sufficient to meet the need in that area. The answer necessarily involves assessing the requirements for and the benefits to be derived from expenditures in each of the specified DoD program areas. The procedures and recommendations discussed with respect to C-squared generalize trade-offs among objectives on goals at any level of generality chosen for analysis.
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