Command and Control Considerations in Crisis Action Planning for Time Sensitive Targets
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Network-centric warfare, precision guided munitions, and special operations forces have ushered in the capability to find and strike time sensitive targets in ways unimaginable a decade ago. Combatant commanders can maximize the use of this capability by carefully planning and communicating procedures for engagement of these targets. While the short fuse of crisis action planning presents challenges, early consideration of target lists and procedures will facilitate a readiness to prosecute these targets, particularly those elements of the global terror network that will consistently be among the mission objectives of operations in the future. Establishing well-thought-out approval authorities for time sensitive targets, then decentralizing command and control to support decision and execution at the lowest command echelon practical, will streamline responsiveness and achievement of objectives. By identifying targeting guidance and defining command and control early, joint forces commanders can ensure operational plans will prove effective in the dynamic and unpredictable battlespace of the future.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Command, Control and Communications Systems