Accession Number : ADA330521

Title :   Battlefield Automation: Software Problems Hinder Development of the Army's Maneuver Control System

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA330521

Report Date : OCT 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : The goal of the Army's MCS program is to develop and field a computer system that provides automated critical battlefield assistance to maneuver commanders and their battle staff at the corps to battalion level. MCS is intended to enable the command staff to collect, store, process, display, and disseminate critical data to produce and communicate battle plans, orders, and enemy and friendly situational reports. It is a key component of the Army Tactical Command and Control System, which is also intended to enhance the coordination and control of combat forces through automated management of five key battlefield areas, including maneuver control. Given its role to communicate battle plans, orders, and enemy and friendly situation reports, MCS is also a key component of the Army's ongoing efforts to digitize (automate) its battlefield operations.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMS, *TACTICAL DATA SYSTEMS, CONTROL SYSTEMS, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, BATTLEFIELDS, ARMY OPERATIONS, MILITARY COMMANDERS.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE