Accession Number : ADA293287

Title :   Theater Organization: A Command and Control Framework and Analysis.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS

Personal Author(s) : O'Hora-Webb, Denise B.

PDF Url : ADA293287

Report Date : 16 JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 26

Abstract : Command and control (C2) is at the heart of military campaigns and major operations. To orchestrate his campaign plan, the theater-level commander must make appropriate and sound organizational decisions. Ultimately his organizational decisions can make the difference between success and failure. In the C2 process, the organization provides the conduit for a commander's information and operational decisions. In our most recent conflict, the Persian Gulf War, USCINCCENT's organizational decisions positively contributed to his ability to wage a successful military campaign. He achieved unity of effort among the US joint forces and the multinational coalition forces. The C2 framework presents practical concepts on command structures and relationships, as well as organizational considerations for operations involving combined forces. The commander has a range of options for organizing his forces and must keep several factors in mind, including the mission, force capabilities, scope and size of the military operation, and interoperability. The goals of his organizational decisions are unity of command, unity of effort, centralized planning, and decentralized execution. The C2 framework provides a template for examining and assessing USCINCCENT's theater C2 organization during the Persian Gulf War, with special emphasis on his use of a Joint Forces Air Component Commander and the organizational arrangements he made to operate with multinational forces.

Descriptors :   *THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, *COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, WARFARE, ORGANIZATIONS, DECISION MAKING, PERSIAN GULF, INTEROPERABILITY, PLANNING, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, SALARIES, CENTRALIZED, MILITARY COMMANDERS, DECENTRALIZATION.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE