Accession Number : ADA309443

Title :   Building Situational Awareness in Force XXI.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Fast, Barbara G.

PDF Url : ADA309443

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 46

Abstract : The end of the Cold War, combined with the advent of a technological revolution, is presenting the Army with an unprecedented opportunity and need to redefine military operations. Force XXI is the Army's program to lead us into the 21st Century. Force XXI is about integration--taking existing technology and systems, leveraging new technology, and digitizing the battlefield to create an interactive, interoperable, lethal force that can dominate battlespace and execute a quicker, more decisive victory. The emphasis of this study is on the effectiveness of systems, technology and information to provide situational awareness for decision-making. This paper will examine, from an intelligence perspective, whether planned processes for information collection, processing, dissemination, and display are adequate to meet the Force XXI goal of situational awareness for decision-making. The conclusion reached is that we are seeing overwhelming evidence that the degree of uncertainty will be reduced significantly; what we know about the battlefield, its geometry, and the disposition, capability and intentions of friendly and enemy units will be exponentially greater than it has ever been, and that it will improve even more with digitization. Commanders will be more situationally aware, but we will not achieve a goal of 100 percent situational awareness.

Descriptors :   *ARMY PLANNING, *TECHNOLOGY FORECASTING, MILITARY OPERATIONS, UNCERTAINTY, INTELLIGENCE, DECISION MAKING, BATTLEFIELDS, INTERACTIONS, INTEROPERABILITY, COLD WAR, DATA ACQUISITION, LETHALITY, ENEMY, AWARENESS.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Defense Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE