Agility in Command and Control in a Multinational Exercise
COMMAND AND CONTROL CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE UTRECHT (NETHERLANDS)
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This paper presents the results of an analysis of agility in command and control, made during a bi-annual multinational exercise to train for a joint combined military operation in a national military conflict. The analysis focuses on transformations in management and sharing of information within the NATO Comprehensive Approach. The general conclusion is that management and sharing of information need some improvements, although many activities of military command and control are performed very well. The present operational readiness appears to be sufficient for operations in a national organization of national forces. However, if the intent for future exercises is to incorporate more international participants and nonmilitary organizations, then some preparatory measures should be taken well in advance. The NATO comprehensive approach is partly embedded in the national system, and it works fine in a well-controlled training environment. Challenges will arise when civilian organizations enter an area of real-life military operations. Overall observations indicate that the operational level of command made many steps forward into the future of complex international operations. Interaction with more international units and more subject matter experts on command and control might improve the effectiveness of the upcoming exercises even further.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Command, Control and Communications Systems