Accession Number : ADA330892

Title :   How Did the Evolution of Communications Affect Command and Control of Airpower: 1900-1945?

Descriptive Note : Research rept

Corporate Author : AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Crawley, Charles G.

PDF Url : ADA330892

Report Date : 01 APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 44

Abstract : Communications became an airpower combat multiplier through the evolution of communications equipment, procedures, and understanding. Once commanders understood the importance of reliable, flexible, and survivable communications systems they demanded more. Much of the improvements are attributed to the industrial base, extraordinary efforts, initiative, determination and innovations by key people. Commanders had the capability to communicate worldwide and to higher and lower headquarters. Communications advancements, particularly FM radio and radar greatly enhanced the coordination of airpower. Orders and missions were more easily disseminated throughout the theater. Overall information flow greatly assisted the commander's decision making process. In spite of a myriad of problems, communications, by the end of World War II was a significant airpower combat multiplier. As communications became more technologically advanced, more reliable, responsive, and effective, commanders realized an even greater combat multiplying effect on airpower.

Descriptors :   *COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, *AIR POWER, *TACTICAL COMMUNICATIONS, DECISION MAKING, INFORMATION EXCHANGE, SURVIVABILITY, RADAR, RADIO EQUIPMENT, MILITARY COMMANDERS, SECOND WORLD WAR.

Subject Categories : Radio Communications
      Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE