The New Chemistry of C2
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA CENTER FOR STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP
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Drs. David Alberts and Richard Hayes book Understanding Command and Control states that the purpose of C2 has remained unchanged since the earliest military forces engaged. But implementing C2 effectively now in the era of transformation can break traditional notions by envisioning a chemical model which incorporates emerging and disruptive technologies arriving at exponentially faster rates. Like carbon chains in organic chemistry, the military C2 organization has grown by adding communications C3, computers C4, and other elements such as I intelligence, S surveillance, and R reconnaissance. This primitive C4ISR model anticipates future concatenations of Complexity, Chaos, and Convergence. It further requires new challenges to the historic C2 model in which the Command and Control elements are inextricably bonded together. Breaking the traditional C2 bond and rearranging the growing chain of elements produces powerful new constructs not unlike chemical isomers which could more effectively target each stage of the spectrum of conflict. Isomers represent organizational morphings promoting agility across the spectrum where even the speed of humans can potentially hinder combat effectiveness. An adaptation to the traditional OODA loop is suggested in this paper.
- Organic Chemistry
- Command, Control and Communications Systems