Accession Number : ADA297818

Title :   C4I for the Warrior: Avoiding Nose-in-the-Cockpit Syndrome.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Aland, David J.

PDF Url : ADA297818

Report Date : 16 MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : New information technologies will provide increased connectivity. The "C4 I for the Warrior" strategy will take advantage of these changes to improve Command and Control (C2). The C2 process, both men and machines, gathers and reduces information into usable knowledge. Information overload is an everpresent danger. The "perfect" process will avoid overwhelming the user with data. The "C4I for the Warrior" strategy is flawed in that it emphasizes connectivity and interoperability at the expense of fusion and correlation. In the past, as seen with the telegraph and the radio, unfettered increases in information flow have led to increased centralization and reduced effectiveness for the commander. The more immediate the data, the more the commander's nose gets "stuck in the cockpit." New systems which have been shaped by the commander needs may inadvertantly affect his leadership style. New systems should avoid altering leadership methods and must have decision-making disciplines built in. Development of fusion, management, and decision-aid software must keep pace with the interconnecting of the information architectures. As the architecture is likely to outpace the development of tools by which it is managed, it is necessary for the operational commander to precisely define his (and his subordinates') volumes of influence. (KAR) P. 2

Descriptors :   *COMMAND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS, *SYSTEMS ENGINEERING, *DATA MANAGEMENT, *PILOTS, *USER NEEDS, *DATA FUSION, UNCERTAINTY, GLOBAL, DECISION MAKING, LEADERSHIP, INFORMATION EXCHANGE, COCKPITS, INTEROPERABILITY, OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, COSTS, DATA REDUCTION, ARCHITECTURE, MILITARY COMMANDERS, OVERLOAD.

Subject Categories : Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System
      Command, Control and Communications Systems
      Aircraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE