Accession Number:

ADA463383

Title:

Battle of the Bulge: The Impact of Information Age Command and Control on Conflict

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

EVIDENCE BASED RESEARCH INC VIENNA VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

39.0

Abstract:

The Battle of the Bulge, Hitlers desperate gamble to split the Allied forces attacking Germany from the west during the winter of 1945, is a classic in military history. It is written from the perspective of the Allied operational level of command. The decisions made at the operational level theater and army on the Allied side illustrate both a very effective Industrial Age decision making and b situations where the adoption of network-centric and Edge decision making or perhaps better stated, sense making would have made major differences. Understanding the Germans decision making is also important in order to understand what happened because it was largely a reflection of one individuals idiosyncrasies as multiplied by a rigid, centralized, and hierarchical approach to command and control. To conclude, if greater information sharing had occurred, the German offensive might have been understood. This would have also caused the Allies to make a number of different decisions, such as greater emphasis on gathering intelligence in certain areas, and allowed for information to be distributed in a different method.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE