Defining and Measuring Cognitive-Entropy and Cognitive Self-Synchronization
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE SALISBURY (UNITED KINGDOM) DEFENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY
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Modern military operations require to operate in a coalition environment in which Network-Centric principles intrinsically apply. These operations were coined as Complex Endeavors Alberts and Hayes, 2009 - characterized by multiple chains of command, lack of understanding of all cause-effect relationships and unpredictability - and new ways of conducting C2 have been proposed aiming to achieve high levels of shared awareness and enabling self-synchronization across the range of participating entities. We consider the aspect of self-synchronization a key one in the context of modern operations and in performing C2 assessments. Based on Manso and B. Manso 2010, we present an approach to define it and measure it objectively in the cognitive domain, namely as Cognitive-Entropy CE - that measures the degree of collective disorder in self-synchronization in the cognitive domain - and Cognitive Self-Synchronization CSSync, its counterpart - that measures the degree of collective order in the cognitive domain. Moreover, we further identify aspects that may enable and inhibit CSSync, together with a preliminary assessment on the associated impact on cost. The results presented are based on consistent outcomes observed from experiments conducted in the context of the NATO NEC C2 Maturity Model SAS-065 2010.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics