Implementing Network-Centric Command and Control
COMMIT ENTERPRISES INC FAIRFAX STATION VA
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This paper examines implementation issues associated with integrated, network centric Command and Control concepts, and highlights significant challenges inherent in such a transformation from the current C2 environment within the U.S. Department of Defense DoD. The authors argue that it will be some time before military forces can achieve a truly integrated command and control capability because significant impediments relating to the culture, structures, processes, and products remain to be addressed. We begin by examining current developments in net-centric, service oriented and effects based operations as part of the changing nature of the U.S. military operational environment. Recent developments in command and control policy, processes and governance are highlighted, and the inherent social challenges related to achieving interoperability are briefly discussed. We examine the framework of Integrated Command Control IC2 and argue that development of such a capability must be based upon a shared purpose realizing that it will require a significant amount of time and patience. We then propose the way ahead by addressing the ingredients needed to achieve an IC2 capability within the U.S. Department of Defense. These include working on the cultural and human engineering aspects of C2 creating a different, more diverse learning climate tackling the issues of jointness, demonstrations and experimentation and addressing the need to have an immediate, constant flow of visible deliverables to sustain the transformation journey.
- Operations Research
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics