Organizational Structure and Dynamic Information Awareness in Command Teams
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI
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The Navy has embraced the concept of network centric warfare as a means to develop innovative and effective command and control C2 structures for the future. One such C2 structure is FORCEnet. Modeling of various FORCEnet-derived structures produced a prediction that a C2 structure that includes an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance ISR coordinator would significantly improve mission performance. Network centric warfare, however, has increased the information load commanders must deal with. As part of this effort we investigated the effects of information load on certain decision making heuristics. Counter to modeling predictions, a FORCEnet derived organization with an ISR coordinator was not superior in performance to an organization without an ISR coordinator. There was evidence, however, that increased familiarity and practice with a structure including an ISR coordinator may produce findings supportive of model predictions. Findings also indicate that high information load may exacerbate the negative effects of certain decision making heuristics.
- Information Science
- Command, Control and Communications Systems