Advanced Technology and the Future of Command and Control,
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI
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Since Operation DESERT STORM, the military community has been engaged in a wide ranging dialog regarding introduction of advanced technology to the battlefield. Much of this discussion has focused on sophisticated command, control, communication, and computer systems and their effect on the manner in which the United States wages war. The ongoing C4I For The Warrior program C4IFTW is a living reminder of the direction in which the armed services are moving. C4IFTW carries with it a vision of providing for the Warrior, at any time and any place, a fused real time, true representation of the Warriors battlespace. The technology is conceivable and realistic, and there is a concerted effort by our government and military to acquire it. But is the Warrior ready for it A number of concerns have been raised regarding the integration of this technology. Improved collection, analysis, and dissemination systems will help a commander develop unprecedented battlespace awareness, but also carry the potential for substantial problems. In particular, what will become of the principle of decentralized execution when a commander possesses a near perfect picture of the battlespace It often takes a commander with a strong constitution to keep from interfering with his subordinates under those conditions. The successful introduction of new technology is directly dependent on the development of doctrine which will govern its use, and organizational changes which recognize the fundamental difference it will make in warfighting. A thorough examination of existing and planned service doctrine should reveal the extent to which the U.S. Armed Forces are ready to leap into cyberspace.
- Command, Control and Communications Systems