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Commnader's Critical Information Requirements: The Key to a Commander's Battle Image,
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES
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This monograph examines and explores the concept of Commanders Critical Information Requirements CCIR. The analysis focuses on ways a commander can manage information overload to effectively deal with uncertainty and to ultimately ensure timely decisions are made. It examines the relationship between command and control, decision making, and information management. Part I discusses how current doctrine defines CClR and evaluates the adequacy of this doctrine for today 5 commander. This examination also presents several studies that focused on the development and identification of CCIR. Part I also looks at limitations that affect a commander s decision making abilities. Part II examines how commanders in the field define, develop, and use CCIR. Four commanders were interviewed Brigadier General Randolph House, Brigadier General John Sylvester, Lieutenant Colonel Terry Tucker, and Lieutenant Colonel Pat Ritter. Each of these officers commanded forces in combat during Operation Desert Storm. The interviews were concerned with each individuals general definition of CCIR, the development of his critical information requirements for specific tactical events, and the impact of the availability of the applicable CClR.
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