Accession Number : ADA297861

Title :   Operational Decision Making: The Impact of Time and Information.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s) : McMenamin, J. J.

PDF Url : ADA297861

Report Date : 16 MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : Operational decision making blends the tangibles of the science of war and the intangibles of the art of war. A dynamic, multi-dimensional process, operational decision making is a process that must allow decisions about current operations to occur simultaneously with decisions and planning about future operations. Within this decision making process, time and technology have become critical parts. Technology has increased the amount of information available to the commander. However, this amount of information has the potential to overwhelm the commander and slow his decision making process. As decisions transition from information to orders and from orders to action, a thorough understanding of the decision making process is necessary. This will enable the operational commander to arrive at sound and timely decisions. Operational success is enhanced by an appropriate choice of decision making method, the management of a high volume of information and the use of-time to generate tempo in overwhelming the enemy's decision making process. Technology supports this effort by providing decision making aids to help speed the decision making and planning process. (AN)

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS, *DECISION MAKING, *MILITARY PLANNING, COMMAND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, INFORMATION EXCHANGE, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, MILITARY DOCTRINE, STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY), JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, TIMELINESS, MILITARY COMMANDERS, MILITARY TACTICS, TACTICAL DATA SYSTEMS, DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS, REACTION(PSYCHOLOGY).

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE