Command-and-Control (C2) Theory: A Challenge to Control Science,
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE LAB FOR INFORMATION AND DECISION SYSTEMS
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The basic premise of this position paper is that the field of military Command-and-Control C2 systems offers challenging basic research opportunities to researchers in the control sciences and systems engineering disciplines. In point of fact, the analysis and design of complex, survivable, and responsive C2 systems requires novel advances in the area of distributed dynamic decision-making under uncertainty. As a consequence, control scientists and engineers are uniquely qualified to extend their technologies to meet the multidisciplinary challenges posed by C2 systems and to advance the state of the art in the development of a relevant C2 theory. The author strongly believes that the methodological, theoretical, algorithmic, and architectural questions which arise in the context of military C2 systems are generic and quite similar to those needed to improve the reliable performance of many other civilian C2 systems, such as air traffic control, automated transportation systems, manufacturing systems, nuclear reactor complexes etc.
- Command, Control and Communications Systems