A Model of Command and Control Processes for JWARS: Test Results from Controlled Experiments and Simulation Runs
DEFENSE INFORMATION SYSTEMS AGENCY FALLS CHURCH VA
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The purpose of this paper is to provide a basic model to aid assessment of the effects of changes in C2 on combat outcomes in JWARS. We lay out essential elements of a general Complex Adaptive System CAS model of C2 processes, develop measures of C2 performance and combat behavior, and derive some hypotheses on C2 effects on combat outcomes. C2 processes have a multiplicative effect with weaponry on combat outcome combat decision loop speed and information superiority over the adversary increase combat performance increased information load on decision makers and narrowed communications channels limit combat performance. Net Centric Warfare practices lift these limits and permit aggregated teams to fight in speedy synchronicity increasing combat performance. These hypotheses are tested against evidence from four controlled experiments, three military exercises, and hundreds of simulation runs of stochastic combat models.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Command, Control and Communications Systems