Accession Number : ADA328088

Title :   Joint Force Commander 2010: Chess Master, Coach or Cheerleader?

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Parrish, Randy O.

PDF Url : ADA328088

Report Date : 13 JUN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : Joint Vision 2010 provides a vision of the future joint battlefield. This vision depends heavily on an enabling capability called Information Superiority. Information Superiority is expected to provide unprecedented knowledge of the three-dimensional battlefield simultaneously across the levels of command from Tactical to the National- Strategic. It is the purpose of this research to determine how Information Superiority may influence a Joint Force Commander's (JFC) ability to effectively direct lower level tactical actions. Limitations of Information Superiority and examples of how historical commanders utilized significant advances in command and control will be used as determinants. Metaphorically, Chess Master, Coach and Cheerleader are used to visualize the degree of influence a future JFC might choose to exert. The research supports that in a crisis confined to a small area, preceded by time to gather and focus a large number of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (lSR) assets on a fairly static enemy, Information Superiority should give the the JFC a picture that will approach the true situation on the battlefield. In this case the JFC may effectively control his forces as a Chess Master would pieces on a chess board. However, when allocated less than the optimum number of ISR platforms, against a dynamic enemy dispersed over a large theater of operations, the JFC's picture will be somewhat less than the true situation on the battlefield. In this case, his role must shift more toward that of a coach, where he provides the necessary intent and supervision while allowing his players to exercise their own skill, initiative and innovation.

Descriptors :   *OPERATIONAL READINESS, *COMMUNICATIONS INTELLIGENCE, WARFARE, BATTLEFIELDS, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, MILITARY COMMANDERS.

Subject Categories : Military Intelligence
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE