Development of Fire Support Command and Control Systems by the Army and the Marine Corps.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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This report reviewed the Armys and the Marine Corps efforts to automate their fire support command and control functions. The two services are developing several systems to improve fire support mission effectiveness on the battlefield of the late 1980s and the 1990s. The significance of these systems lies both in their cost, which is estimated in the billions of dollars over their life cycles, and in their roles as command and control systems which help to manage substantial amounts of combat resources. The potential for common fire support command and control systems in the Army and the Marine Corps has not been exploited in spite of the Department of Defenses DODs policies promoting standardized systems and equipment. Although the missions are similar and the fire support systems need to communicate with each other, each service is developing its own systems. This has led to possible duplication of development efforts and interoperability problems.
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