Accession Number:

ADA202091

Title:

Command and Control and Communications Lessons Learned: Iranian Rescue, Falklands Conflict, Grenada Invasion, Libya Raid

Descriptive Note:

Research rept.

Corporate Author:

AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Report Date:

1988-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

104.0

Abstract:

Over the past decade, four separate and distinct significant military actions were conducted by the United States the Iran hostage rescue attempt, the Falklands conflict, the Grenade invasion, and the Libya raid. In each case, a post-action analysis was performed to identify lessons learned. This paper reviews the four operations, identifies the lessons, and then assesses the claim that the United States military establishment has learned from them. The focus of the analysis on is command, control, and communications. Specifically, it provides a brief summary of the actual operation, describes the C3 structure used, and highlights the lessons learned. It clearly points out that essentially the same lessons continue to occur in each operation. As a result, it concludes that the military does not do a very good job of institutionalizing of transferring the experiences gained from one operation to subsequent operations. Recommendations are not included, but the implication is that there is an urgent need to institutionalize military experiences and lessons so the same mistakes are not consistently repeated. FR

Subject Categories:

  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE