Accession Number:

ADA399132

Title:

Coup D' Oeil or Confusion: An Assessment of the Common Operational Picture

Descriptive Note:

Thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1999-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

78.0

Abstract:

The Common Operational Picture COP is an automated command, control, communications, computer, and intelligence C4I system providing enhanced viewing of friendly and enemy forces by users of the Global Command and Control System GCCS. Capabilities include collection of real-time and near-real-time data from multiple sources, data fusion and the capability to present information as a common geographic display. This research effort looks at history, doctrine, technology, and interview responses, and concludes the GCCS COP is more coup d oeil than confusion, providing a useful capability to commanders in theater. However, as with all emerging systems, there is still much work to be done to fully meet the needs of, and have the system fully used by the warfighter. This paper also presents a GCCS COP report card, with criteria derived from history and doctrine, for possible use in future evaluations. Part I of this effort introduces the research effort, problem background, significance, and requirements source. Part II identifies the historical development of command and control systems for theater joint air operations, and develops C4 system assessment criteria from lessons learned. Part III surveys current joint and Air Force doctrine, and develops C4 assessment criteria based on statements in doctrine. Part IV describes the GCCS COP, including capabilities, the Common Tactical Picture CTP for component commanders, and challenges that lie ahead. Part V provides an analysis of usercustomer interview assessments of the GCCS COP, and an assessment of the COP against historical and doctrinal criteria for C2 and C4 systems. Finally, Part VI provides overall conclusions and recommendations based on the analysis.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Military Intelligence
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE