An Analysis of Strategic Planning to Support the United States Special Operations Forces' C3 Interoperability.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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The purpose of this study was to analyze the strategic plans of USSOCOM to determine its role in resolving the C3 interoperability issues. A model using strategic controls and Theory of Constraints was used as a standard to evaluate USSOCOMs management plans. A literature search revealed that hardware and new technology were the primary concerns of previous studies. However, the literature did not address whether the lack of a formal strategy contributed to the C3 interoperability problems. Therefore, the determination was to adopt a fresh approach to the C3 interoperability issues and analyze the strategic process. The data analysis of the study suggests that USSOCOM does not utilize the formal strategy process. However, the cohesiveness Of USSOCOMs plans implies that an emergent strategy underlies the coordination and direction of these plans. There was evidence that USSOCOM exercises certain elements of the strategic process. The studys conclusions indicate that through a better understanding of the strategic process, USSOCOM could develop and maintain more effective strategic plans. The study also discovered that an overall DoD strategic process for C3 interoperability must be established and maintained before USSOCOM or other agencies can adequately address its individual C3 problems.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Command, Control and Communications Systems