Accession Number:

ADA464222

Title:

FOUR-STAR TRIGGER PULLERS: The Trend for, and Consequences of, Centralized Execution

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-02-14

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

Modern technology has conferred upon the U.S. militarys strategic-level commanders an unprecedented capacity to scrutinize and personally control events at the tactical level from halfway around the globe. Notwithstanding military tradition and joint service doctrine aligned with the principles of centralized direction and decentralized execution, there is a surreptitious move underway towards a more highly centralized control structure. The consequences of greater centralized control are the sacrifice of the militarys speed advantage and the disruption of operational tempo for the forces in the field. A return to doctrinal command and control orientation is necessary if the U.S. military is to maintain the lead and realize the promises of defense transformation.

Subject Categories:

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

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE