Organizational Change for Improved C2 in the Information Age
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Information superiority is a capability present today and expected to continue in the future. This capability provides information at faster rates increasing situational awareness, enhancing information sharing, and increasing the speed of decision making. The advantages of this information rich environment are not optimized because the users of information reside in an industrial age organizational structure. The command and control function within the organization is addressed. This paper defines effective command and control elements and applies these terms to recent military operations. The solutions to similar C2 problems from the corporate world are analyzed. Finally, the paper evaluates the examples and concludes a smaller and flatter organization based on task oriented groups is the most effective structure for the information superiority environment. A potential organization structure is recommended along with further study in this area to best achieve unity of effort, interoperability, and agility from the operational level organization.
- Command, Control and Communications Systems