Binding Technologies to Concepts: Unleashing the Power of the Information Age
SPACE AND NAVAL WARFARE SYSTEMS CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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The Commander of a Combatant Command or a Joint Task Force is responsible for an extensive range of missions and activities that span the spectrum from traditional force projection and war fighting responsibilities to non-traditional activities such as Nation Building, Peace Keeping, and Diplomacy. The Combatant Commander has cognizance of hundreds of simultaneous, ongoing activities within the Command. These can include Crisis Operations, Deliberate Planning, Theater Security Coordination, PoliticalDiplomatic actions, Exercises and Training, Budgeting and Command House Keeping, to name a few. Whereby existing C2 system constructs are optimized for the staff, todays Decision Maker requires a broader Decision Focused perspective. CINC21 is an Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration sponsored at Headquarters, U.S. Pacific Command. This paper highlights the contributions of CINC21 to Command and Control, and details the journey of ideas to innovation. Building from operational concepts articulated in Joint Doctrine, pioneering software concepts provide a sufficiently broad set of functionality from which the power of information emerges. The Decision Focused Command and Control DFC2 is the realization of concept and technology, and is the showcase product of CINC21. DFC2 provides the Decision Focused framework required by the Combatant and Joint Task Force Commander. This paper will provide an overview of DFC2 as it applies to Joint Operations, and characterize key elements of the technical architecture. The discussion will explore fundamental issues from the perspective of the operational user, capture the reality of a paradigm shift, and expose the challenges of reinventing business processes supported by a robust knowledge-centric framework.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Command, Control and Communications Systems