The Issue of Decision Up-Creep in Network Centric Warfare
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Network Centric Warfare NCW will provide operational commanders with unprecedented access to tactical level information. Depending on any number of external factors from politics to personality, access to this information may tempt operational commanders to micromanage the tactical actions of their subordinates. While it is the commanders prerogative to make decisions for any level of the force, the problem of decision up-creep could undermine synchronization on the tactical level and undo many of the war fighting benefits derived from a fully netted force. This paper serves three purposes. First, through the use of examples from recent operations, it shows that the unprecedented reach provided by NCW will increase the operational commanders temptation to micromanage tactical actions. Second this paper shows that decision up-creep would virtually negate all of the benefits of NCW. Finally, this paper presents organizational, doctrinal and cultural alternatives for mitigating decision up-creep.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics