Accession Number:

ADA170451

Title:

The Art of Command and Control in Mechanized Task Force Offensive Operations.

Descriptive Note:

Study project rept.,

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1986-04-07

Pagination or Media Count:

39.0

Abstract:

The command and control of fast-moving, offensive operations of a mechanized task force remains a formidable problem in todays Army at the battaliontask force and brigade levels. This study project reviews the art of command and control as practiced through history by various leaders and countries, from the Romans to the present, in an attempt to identify common principles which have characterized successful command and control systems and techniques. A brief look into the future use of computers and other techniques is also described. Results of the study primarily presented the following command and control principles and practices as being firmly grounded in the history of land combat The commanders intent must be clearly understood by all subordinates personal contact among commanders is a key ingredient combat commanders must position themselves well forward accurate reconnaissance and information is essential decentralization and flexibility have been characteristic of past successful operations orders must be brief and concise and leaders must be able to communicate constantly. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE