Power to the Edge...Sometimes
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB ROME NY INFORMATION DIRECTORATE
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Power to the Edge...Sometimes evolves the criteria used to set the locus of command. The next logical step in command theory turns on several key considerations. First, traditional models place the locus of command statically. This leaves an organization susceptible to risks and emerging challenges it was not designed to meet. Second, a clear distinction exists between an information-rich environment and an understanding-rich environment. Those in an information-rich environment may be able to see the situation but will not always be able to understand the situation. Third, game theory strongly suggests that when resources are limited, individuals will compete for them at the expense of self-synchronization and working toward a global maximum. Understanding imparts no motive to achieve a global maximization. The conclusion the correct model for placing the locus of command should no longer set command statically within the organization. Command should be allocated dynamically to wherever the understanding of information along with the motivation to achieve a global maximization of desired effects is present -- this is agile command and control.
- Command, Control and Communications Systems