Accession Number:

ADA301161

Title:

Start Marking Sense. Managing the Command's Information.

Descriptive Note:

Monograph,

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1995-12-17

Pagination or Media Count:

60.0

Abstract:

The purpose of this monograph was to illuminate information as both a resource and a process that deserves structured, coherent management at the unit level. The thesis is that lack of such management contributes to needless friction that degrades a units ability to perform its mission. The monograph qualifies information as a resource, examines the importance of information to a military organization, and defines five information failures -- insufficient, overabundant, irrelevant, inaccurate, and untimely information -- that disrupt a units decision and execution cycles. The Scud-hunting efforts during Operation DESERT STORM are analyzed for examples of delay and mistakes caused by friction due to information failures. The monograph then proposes a framework for managing information as a traditional, tangible resource and process. It further highlights nontraditional properties of information relevant to a 21st century force. The monograph recommends the creation of an information officer position on the commanders staff, similar to a chief information officer in organizations outside the military. This officer would be coequal to the other officers who manage resources and processes on the commanders staff today -- SGJ1 through SGJ8. The role of this officer would be to bring unity to what is now a disjointed effort to manage the commands information. This officer is not envisioned as a technocrat but someone who would blend mission, process management, and information technology expertise to assure the unit uses its information to its best tactical, strategic, and organizational benefit.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE