Accession Number : ADA325250

Title :   The Widening Gap of Interoperability between US and Coalition/Allied Communications Systems: A Challenge for the Operational Commander.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,


Personal Author(s) : Hains, Thomas J.

PDF Url : ADA325250

Report Date : 07 FEB 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : Communications systems are very important, but often overlooked. As communications systems become more sophisticated, the problem is exacerbated by the inability of systems to work together, especially between the US and allied or coalition nations. As a definition, interoperability is the ability of the operational commander to use communications systems to exercise command, control and direction across the range of military operations. Unfortunately the widening gap in interoperability results in the inability of the operational commander to oversee and direct the forces under his command. If the US is determined to be a team player, then we need to make every effort to ensure that we can communicate and coordinate with the other members of our team. The US is not entirely at fault in this matter. Part of the problem is the inability of our allied/coalition members to keep pace. There doesn't appear to be a current solution, but there are five possible courses of action to narrow/eliminate this gap: the US could 'go it alone,' provide coalition alliance members with the necessary communications systems, provide members with screened information, standardize all future coalition/allied acquisitions, or use coalition/allied forces in centralized but only low-tech situations. Unfortunately, all current efforts have their drawbacks for the benefits attained. Although there currently isn't a magic solution, now is the time to commit ourselves to the effort. Given the right framework, outlook, and commitment of resources, we can overcome it.


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

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