Will, Technology, and Tactical Command and Control.
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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The Army is becoming increasingly dependent on technical communications systems for command and control although the systems are vulnerable to failure, interception, or interference. The technical complexity of communications systems present new sets of problems rather than facilitating and sustaining command and control. This study examines the capability of U.S. Army tactical units to execute the commanders intent will using available communications systems in the context of current U.S. Army AirLand Battle doctrine. The study examines the functions of command and control relative to the tenets of AirLand Battle historical precedents of battle losses because of technical difficulties in executing the commanders intent limitations of current and future communications systems and finally, implications of a dependence on technical communications systems for the execution of AirLand Battle doctrine at the tactical level. The study concludes that the Army can not subordinate command and control requirements to technology alone. Only through realistic training can a divisions chain of command improve its capability to command and control an AirLand Battle force and execute the intent of the commander. Keywords Communications technology Will Army training.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Command, Control and Communications Systems