An Examination of the Command and Control Communications of a Brigade
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This research examines the communications system of a mechanized infantry brigade. At brigade, the primary means of communications is the tactical FM radio. However, on a modern battlefield there is a clear and present threat to the use of FM radio. The threat stems from electronic warfare techniques which an enemy can employ and, electromagnetic pulse, a phenomenon associated with nuclear detonations. If a brigade commander loses the use of FM radio, he will be forced to employ an alternate means of communications for command and control communications. Consequently a primary focus of this research was to determine if there are shortcomings in the use of an alternate means of communications and to recommend ways to rectify the shortcomings discovered. Another important facet of this research involved the designing and administering of a test which determines the awareness and preferences of combat officers for an alternate means of communications. The test is explained as well as the results of administering the tests to selected combat arms officers of the CGSC class of 1974-75.
- Command, Control and Communications Systems