Accession Number:

ADA463567

Title:

Filtering and Trust as Tools for the Operational Commander in the Information Age

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-10-20

Pagination or Media Count:

27.0

Abstract:

Operational commanders leading forces in the information age have unprecedented access to data and can influence tactical activities and decisions with a phone call. Senior commanders are also subjected to immediate feedback from their subordinates, bosses, the media, and their peers. This environment influences everything from the command and control structure to the personal relationships the commander has. An analysis of this environment points to the impact of network centric warfare, information superiority, shared situational awareness, adaptability, and transparency on the commanders decision-making process. This paper identifies filtering and trust as tools that are now more important to successful command in the information age. It defines filtering and trust from both a technical and leadership perspective and uses General Tommy Franks experience in OIF to illustrate how poor filtering and trust can affect mission success. Finally, the paper suggests activities that DOD should consider to improve the leadership skills in senior commanders.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Information Science
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE