Accession Number : ADA191402

Title :   C3 on the AirLand Battlefield: Striking a Balance between Communications Means and Information Needs,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Barron, Michael J

PDF Url : ADA191402

Report Date : 12 Jan 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 52

Abstract : The need to communicate via electronic means on the battlefield has increased dramatically since WWI. The two most significant factors underlying this change are greater tactical dispersion and the tempo of combat operations. Tactical dispersion, caused by the tremendous lethality of modern weapons, poses a control problem for commanders who must generate combat power at the right place and time on the battlefield. The ability to synchronize the battle will depend on established C2 systems and communications means. One challenge is to employ communications systems (technical means) that will meet the demand to process information requirements generated by command and control systems. A second challenge is avoid the dilemma created by requirements that exceed the capability of the technical means. A degraded, and therefore less responsive, C3 posture could spell disaster on today's lethal battlefield. This monograph finds that terrestrial C3 systems -- MSE and SINCGARS -- scheduled for near-term fielding will meet communications needs on the AirLand battlefield under one condition. The Army and its leadership must appraise information needs within the context of the doctrinal basis for AirLand Battle -- decentralized execution. Theses

Descriptors :   *BATTLEFIELDS, *COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, *COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, CONTROL, DECENTRALIZATION, DISPERSING, INFORMATION PROCESSING, LEADERSHIP, LETHALITY, MILITARY OPERATIONS, POWER, REQUIREMENTS, THESES, TIME, WARFARE, WEAPONS

Subject Categories : Command, Control and Communications Systems
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE