Accession Number:

ADA394791

Title:

Assessing the Value of Information Superiority for Ground Forces - Proof of Concept

Descriptive Note:

Documented briefing

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Report Date:

2001-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

99.0

Abstract:

In this report we examine the importance of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance C4ISR systems for ground force maneuver operations. Advanced C4ISR systems are intended to provide Information Superiority IS, or the capability to collect, process, and disseminate an uninterrupted flow of information while exploiting or denying an adversarys ability to do the same. However, a growing number of analysts and military operators view Information Superiority not as an end in itself but as a means of achieving what some term Decision Superiority. Decision Superiority is defined as the ability to make better decisions and to arrive at and implement them faster than an opponent can react. Decision Superiority is viewed as the essential or desired output of having IS,2 and IS is viewed increasingly as important to the command decisionmaking process. Therefore, to evaluate the true military value of C4ISR systems, one should evaluate and take into account the quality of the information provided by C4ISR systems to the command decisionmaking process. For this type of analysis, new IS metrics and new tools are needed. These are the subjects of this project and proof-of-concept model demonstration.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Systems Management and Standards
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE