Accession Number:

ADA460947

Title:

A Historic Failure in the Social Domain

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORP SUFFOLK VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

51.0

Abstract:

This is a Social Domain case study using one of the costliest intelligence failures in US military history, the December 16, 1944 surprise attack in the Ardennes Forest. The publication of Network Centric Operations Conceptual Framework Versions 1.0 and 2.0 provide a framework for experimentation that can also be used for historical examinations which serve to explain the Social Domain and the components Interactions, Shared Information, Shared Sensemaking, Awareness, Understanding, and Collaborative Decisions. This case study uses the December 1944 failure of the 12th United States Army Group to 1 make sense of the information gathered in the weeks preceding the attack, 2 to draw the correct implications, and 3 to mitigate the risks of the possibilities. The study finds that inter-personal communications and understandings and personality played a dominate role in the failure.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Intelligence
  • Humanities and History

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE