Accession Number:

ADA517367

Title:

The Evolution Towards Decentralized C2

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Sep 2009-Jan 2010

Corporate Author:

INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

25.0

Abstract:

We examine 1 the degree to which the U.S. military is planning to move towards a more decentralized C2 paradigm 2 the adoption of such a paradigm by adversaries 3 the degree to which the United States is actually making the transition and 4 the factors enabling and impeding the shift. We find that many adversaries of the West, including terrorist organizations and hybrid enemies, are already operating in an agile, decentralized manner. Meanwhile, top-level strategic plans of the U.S. Department of Defense DoD are consistent with a transition to net-enabled decentralized command and control C2 for the U.S. military where appropriate, and the shift is supported by stated mission command doctrine. The transition is already occurring to some degree. In Afghanistan, for example, small Marine units operate with significant autonomy and edge-like behavior. The DoD has also made progress in the use of web-enabled collaborative systems. These systems have broadened information distribution and stimulated new interaction patterns, although they have not changed the allocation of decision rights. Technologies enabling the shift to net-enabled decentralized C2 must be coupled with appropriate policies and procedures and occasionally must overcome midlevel institutional cultural resistance.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE