Accession Number : ADA328120

Title :   Technology's Impact on Command and Control: How Much Does the Operational Commander Need?

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Rice, Lawrence

PDF Url : ADA328120

Report Date : 19 MAY 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : Today's operational commander faces a daunting task. The increased complexity of the battlefield is changing the way we fight wars. Americans have frequently looked to technology to solve their problems, and command and control is no exception. Current systems are far better than those of a few years ago. As technology advances at an ever quickening pace, command and control systems strive to keep up. This rapid advance has a tendency to focus our attention on the systems themselves, rather than the command process. There are those that envision a day when future war fighters will sit in the Pentagon basement, select targets, and destroy them. While having that advanced technology is certainly advantageous, it eliminates the leadership of the operational commander. Another disadvantage of relying exclusively on technology to solve all our problems is that frequently, 'demonstrated capability' is tested in a sterile, controlled environment. The end users often find that capability is less robust than advertised. Although technology will be a part of our future, operational commanders must use it to complement their leadership skills, not replace them.

Descriptors :   *DEFENSE SYSTEMS, *LEADERSHIP, COMMAND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, WARFARE, IMPACT, SKILLS, BATTLEFIELDS, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, MILITARY COMMANDERS, BATTLE MANAGEMENT.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Defense Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE