Accession Number : ADA301161

Title :   Start Marking Sense. Managing the Command's Information.

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

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

Personal Author(s) : Pistilli, David B.

PDF Url : ADA301161

Report Date : 17 DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 60

Abstract : The purpose of this monograph was to illuminate information as both a resource and a process that deserves structured, coherent management at the unit level. The thesis is that lack of such management contributes to needless friction that degrades a unit's ability to perform its mission. The monograph qualifies information as a resource, examines the importance of information to a military organization, and defines five 'information failures' -- insufficient, overabundant, irrelevant, inaccurate, and untimely information -- that disrupt a unit's decision and execution cycles. The Scud-hunting efforts during Operation DESERT STORM are analyzed for examples of delay and mistakes caused by friction due to information failures. The monograph then proposes a framework for managing information as a traditional, tangible resource and process. It further highlights nontraditional properties of information relevant to a 21st century force. The monograph recommends the creation of an information officer position on the commander's staff, similar to a chief information officer in organizations outside the military. This officer would be coequal to the other officers who manage resources and processes on the commander's staff today -- S/G/J1 through S/G/J8. The role of this officer would be to bring unity to what is now a disjointed effort to manage the command's information. This officer is not envisioned as a technocrat but someone who would blend mission, process management, and information technology expertise to assure the unit uses its information to its best tactical, strategic, and organizational benefit.

Descriptors :   *DATA MANAGEMENT, *OFFICER PERSONNEL, *PERSONNEL DEVELOPMENT, *MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, IRAQ, COHERENCE, ARRAYS, CYCLES, FRICTION, FRUSTRATION.

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE