The Challenge of the Seamless Force: The Role of Informal Networks in Battlespace
Conference paper with briefing charts
DEFENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATION CANBERRA (AUSTRALIA)
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The concept of the Seamless Force envisages a force that is not only Joint, but also incorporates permanent and part-time members of the three Services, and includes Defence civilians, other supporting government agencies, contractors, allies and coalition partners. The Seamless Force is built on the skills and qualities of the individual warfighter and thus its single most valuable element is the well-trained, educated and motivated human being. Inherent in most discussions about the nature of such future forces are some untested assumptions about how humans and organisational elements will behave and function in this new environment. This research examines broad psychosocial issues that need to be considered to fully exploit NCW Network Centric Warfare and other future operating concepts. Moreover, the research is designed to elucidate these issues so they become an integral part of concept development for future warfare. It is envisaged that the development of these concepts will have implications for the Australian Defence Force ADF and the Australian Defence Organisation ADO in terms of organisational structures, and training and education initiatives. The research team is currently in the process of interviewing personnel returning from deployment in the Middle East in an attempt to capture the human lessons learned in operations. The facilitating information exchange and consequently, decision making within joint and coalition forces in battlespace.
- Military Forces and Organizations