Accession Number:

ADA422804

Title:

Network-Centric Warfare: Are We Past the Age of De-centralized Execution?

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2004-02-09

Pagination or Media Count:

21.0

Abstract:

This paper examines the validity of the concept of Centralized Command, De-centralized Control, and offers an alternative view of Operational-level involvement in tactical execution made possible by current and developing information technology. The paper begins by citing positive examples of Centralized control during several recent tactical actions. A review of information factors necessary to provide overall battlefield situational awareness is conducted, including current and developing capabilities. Instances where Centralized control of tactical execution would not he desired are discussed, along with the requirement to retain current capabilities to operate without Centralized control of tactical actions. The scope of operations where a Joint Force Commander might become involved in tactical control is discussed with examples delivered. The current Joint Staff composition is given and a modified Joint Staff Organization is presented to help the Joint Force Commander integrate himself into tactical execution in a positive fashion. This paper questions the universal application of accepted doctrine. It asserts the value of deviating from doctrine where such deviation would work to more rapidly achieve Operational objectives. Recommendations are made regarding the composition of the typical Joint Staff in order to take advantage of technological innovation. While technological advances provide the basis of the papers premise, the paper is focused on Leadership and Command relationships rather than technology.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE