Command and Control: Does Current U.S. Army Tactical Command and Control Doctrine Meet the Requirement for Today's High Intensity Battlefield?
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This study uses an historical analysis of German pre-World War II tactical command and control doctrine and documented field experience from the intense fighting on the Eastern Front, November 1942 - March 1943, to identify tactical command and control C2 principles which have proven successful on a modern high intensity battlefield. Once identified, these principles are then used as a basis for examination of current US Army tactical C2 doctrine and field training experience. From this examination, current US Army tactical C2 doctrine will fall short of meeting the requirements for the future high intensity battlefield. Among other conclusions which are drawn from this examination of German and current US Army tactical C2 are sound pre-war doctrine is essential to an armys ability to successfully adapt to the reality of the actual battlefield despite historical evidence and an apparent emphasis on decentralized tactical C2, current US Army C2 doctrine and practice stress an increasingly centralized approach to tactical C2 and current US Army doctrinal C2 publications are both internally and externally contradictory. The study includes definitions for tactical command and control, leadership, and Auftragstaktik as well as a comparison of the differences in philosophy between centralized and decentralized C2.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics