Decision Superiority: Putting the Emphasis Back on the Warfighter
SPACE AND NAVAL WARFARE SYSTEMS CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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Military operations have all the trademarks of agile decision making due to the complexity, uncertainty, time constraints, high risk and ill-defined goals of the mission environment. Any discussion of the naval command and control environment must address the relationship between the decision maker and the technological systems with which he operates. The U.S. Navy tends to address issues of decision superiority with improved technology, sometimes disregarding what the human operator brings to the picture. We argue that this approach provides limited short-term gains in terms of human performance. Addressing the root cause of decision making problems by realigning professional training, selection, and experience with the prerequisite analytical, intuitive, creative, and affective skills is a superior approach. A decision makers skill of striking a balance among these abilities, finding the right synthesis for the right situation, adapting to the situation, and moving along the continuum of performance, is what is needed to improve decision making in the maritime environment -- not more C2 displays. Through the synthesis and application of the fields of expertise development and decision making, a framework of command tactical performance or artful competence is presented that has direct implications for improving decision superiority.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics