Accession Number : ADA312061

Title :   Command and Control and the Revolution in Military Affairs.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Keepper, Robert H.

PDF Url : ADA312061

Report Date : 20 MAY 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 26

Abstract : The Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA)is causing a related revolution in Command, Control, Communications, and Computer (C4)systems. The C4 system in the 21st Century will provide a plethora of new information to the Operational Commander and will significantly improve decision making. The vision for the new system is contained in the Joint Chiefs of Staff paper ' C4I for the Warrior.' It is a three phased program that emphasizes the process over equipment. The program is jointly focused and driven by the Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) chaired by the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In the era of declining military budgets, the new C4 system has the potential of providing exceptional value for the dollar. Challenges that have to be solved include controlling the escalating cost of software development and ensuring standardization among services. Other obstacles include system acceptance by potential users, avoiding information overload, security, training, and maintainability. At the Operational Commander level, decision making will have to be decentralized and doctrine improved. When fully implemented, the C4 system has the potential to dramatically change the way the military operates.

Descriptors :   *COMMAND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, REQUIREMENTS, DECISION MAKING, MILITARY DOCTRINE, INTEROPERABILITY, PHASE, COSTS, MAINTAINABILITY, OVERLOAD, MILITARY BUDGETS, ACCEPTABILITY, DECENTRALIZATION, MILITARY DOWNSIZING.

Subject Categories : Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE