Battalion/Task Force Command and Control -- Are We Using the 'Big Four' Most Effectively
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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How do the commander, executive officer, operations officer, and command sergeant major interact most effectively during continuous battlefield operations - is there a better way Command and control of the battaliontask force is a frequently debated topic. Current command and control doctrine relies heavily on the technological and traditional answers. There is a lack of focus on the human dimension in the continuous operations environment. Even the command and control doctrine that we use in peacetime is radically different from that of the doctrinal battlefield. Many studies and articles have sprouted from the battlefield command and control discussion, but the interrelationship of these four key players in continuous operations has been totally neglected. The study relies heavily on contemporary command and control experiences. Observations from the NTC and the relative success or failure of units, form the basis for my analysis. Contemporary ideas and observations are available in the volumes of military periodicals. Additionally, these journals are a source of historical dialogue regarding changes in the relationships of the BattalionTask Forces senior leadership.
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