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Command and Control Workshop: Structures and Processes for R&D Service Delivery

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On 7-9 May 1996, the Chief of Research and Development CRAD held a Workshop on Command and Control C2 which brought together CRAD scientists and Canadian Forces CF Officers to discuss the what and the how of C2 Research and Development RD. The participants were divided into syndicates to discuss these issues using a structured brainstorming technique developed by the authors. This paper documents the results of the brainstorming exercise on the structures and processes the how suggested for future C2 RD. A companion paper is available on the requirements and opportunities the what for C2 RD for the foreseeable future. There was a large amount of consensus on the main findings of this syndicate exercise which were that a team culture must be established to provide the synergy necessary to exploit these new technologies quickly and effectively the process of information dissemination and internal communication must be improved to enhance the capabilities of the teams the future Battle Labs should be exploited to their fullest to provide an experimental environment for C2 RD and, the organization and structures will need to be improved to streamline the RD process. Some other ideas were presented without full consensus, such as the establishment of an evolutionary RD and Procurement paradigm the need for a new strategic direction in C2 RD which should be developed by CRAD and CF leadership and business planning and accountability which will improve the relationship between CRAD and its sponsors making the RD process more responsive. The conclusion of this workshop was that the team approach to C2 RD has begun and that there is much more work to do to exploit the many good ideas provided by the workshop attendees and documented in the Annexes to this paper.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

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