Accession Number : ADA290858

Title :   Critical Factors in the Art of Battle Command.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Feb-Jul 94,

Corporate Author : ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Lussier, James W. ; Saxon, Terrill F.

PDF Url : ADA290858

Report Date : NOV 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 53

Abstract : This study report focuses on the reemergence of the importance of the art of battle command and its critical factors. First, the conceptualization of battle command is discussed. Included in this discussion are the ways the concept of battle command differs from the concepts of command and control; the consideration of battle command as an art and science; and the roles of technology, information, and digitization in battle command. Drawing on National Training Center studies, traits of leaders, and the differences between experts and novices, the various competencies commonly associated with battle command are analyzed. In keeping with the current BCBL conceptualization of battle command, two fundamental aspects of battle command- leadership and decision making, are discussed. Research from both the military and civilian sectors is presented on leadership and decision making and its relevance to battle command. Specifically, the topics of leadership skills, leadership styles, communication, and leadership training are discussed. With respect to decision making, the roles of intuitive and analytical judgments, planning and problem solving, critical thinking, and visualization are considered.

Descriptors :   *COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, *MILITARY COMMANDERS, *BATTLES, *LEADERSHIP TRAINING, MILITARY OPERATIONS, WARFARE, DECISION MAKING, LEADERSHIP, SKILLS, SOCIAL COMMUNICATION, ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), PROBLEM SOLVING, MILITARY TRAINING, MOTIVATION, JUDGEMENT(PSYCHOLOGY), PERSONALITY, MILITARY PSYCHOLOGY.

Subject Categories : Command, Control and Communications Systems
      Administration and Management
      Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE