Implementing Distributed Operations Within Current Force Structure and Command and Control Hierarchy
MARINE CORPS UNIV QUANTICO VA SCHOOL OF ADVANCED WARFIGHTING (SAW)
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The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that the Marine Corps can implement Distributed Operations DO without changing the current force structure or command and control hierarchy. This paper will present the currently proposed examples of incremental implementation and address how the current structure is able to absorb adaptation while providing for continuity of command and control. This paper begins with an explanation of what DO entails. It will then provide a discussion of why DO is relevant and how it nests within emerging concepts. This background information will provide a common language in order to facilitate a discussion of what command and control and force structure is required to facilitate an incremental implementation of DO. This paper will then transition to the crux of the current debate why force structure and command and control C2 relationships should change prior to implementation. Once the debate is understood, the paper will address force structure and C2 measured in relation to the five characteristics of DO decentralization, complexity, multi-dimensionality, simultaneity, and continuous pressure. Next an evaluation is required of the current DO implementation courses of action. Finally, this paper will conclude with how the Marine Corps can implement DO without changing the current force structure or command and control hierarchy.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics