Accession Number : ADA314931

Title :   Networking the Commander and Joint Battle Staff of a Joint Task Force.

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

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

Personal Author(s) : Sauer, Gary G.

PDF Url : ADA314931

Report Date : APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 62

Abstract : This monograph examines the problem of decoupling between the commander and joint battle staff of a joint task force, and its antidote, networking. Effective networking between the commander and staff enables both the commander and joint staff to appraise the current operational theater and forecast the future theater for the command. Effective networking of the commander and joint battle staff is achieved through a shared image of the joint area of operations. This shared image is achieved by the integration of the staff through teamwork and an interactive flow of information within the joint command post. The achievement of mutual situational awareness of the joint area of operations reduces the amount of uncertainty confronting both the commander and staff when making decisions in the execution of joint operations. As a result, the JTF commander and staff can then focus combat power effectively to accomplish assigned missions. Interactive information flow, teamwork and team decision making offer a solution to the problem of decoupling between the commander and battle staff of a joint task force. Through the use of teamwork and interactive information flow, an ad hoc organization like a JTF can avoid operational failure and missed opportunities as the commander and staff become networked through a shared image of the operational theater.

Descriptors :   *ARMY PERSONNEL, *INTERACTIONS, *TASK FORCES, *TEAMS(PERSONNEL), *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, *MILITARY COMMANDERS, UNCERTAINTY, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, DECISION MAKING, INFORMATION EXCHANGE, INFORMATION TRANSFER, FAILURE, SHARING, DECOUPLING, BATTLES, COOPERATION, AWARENESS.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE