Self-Synchronization, the Future Joint Force and the United States Army's Objective Force
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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Self-synchronization is an idea that comes directly from Network-Centric Warfare but its foundations lie in complexity theory and the ideas of self-organization and emergent behavior. In order to understand self-synchronization the basics of complexity theory, specifically self-organization and emergent behavior, must be explained. Then, by expanding on the accepted definition of self-synchronization as defined by Admiral Cebrowski in his early literature on NCW it is clear that self-synchronization is a combination of complexity theory s ideas of self-organization and emergent behavior and information technology. Next, by comparing the requirements and conditions of self-synchronization against the conditions and requirements of JOW s Adaptive Command and Objective Force Battle Command it is clear that self-synchronization self-coordination in the 2003 Defense Transformation Guidance is a feasible concept for future Joint and Army forces. In fact, current doctrine supports the basic ideas behind self-synchronization and current Objective Force experiments demonstrate self-synchronizing behavior.
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