Accession Number : ADA331389

Title :   Information and the Future of Battle Command

Descriptive Note : Monograph

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Sinclair, Karen L.

PDF Url : ADA331389

Report Date : 22 MAY 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 57

Abstract : The purpose of this monograph is to examine information flow and problems at battalion and brigade levels and how it effects battle command. The primary research question is: Will the digitization of the battlefield and the resultant information dominance effect battle command at the brigade and battalion levels? This monograph concludes that the digitization is not alleviating the problems with information management experienced at brigade and battalion levels. This monograph examines the current issues with information flow at brigade and battalion levels by studying observations from the National Training Centers and experiences during Desert Storm. The monograph studies how commanders and staffs process information and the resultant effects on decision making. The monograph briefly studies the current digitization initiatives and tries to determine their impact on information processing. Digitization and increased technology provide the commander and staff with an exponential increase of information. It is critical that the commander identify what information he needs in order to make decisions or change his vision of the battlefield. Improvements in information processing will not alleviate uncertainty on the battlefield. Technology will not take the art out of battle command.

Descriptors :   *INFORMATION THEORY, *TACTICAL DATA SYSTEMS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, DATA MANAGEMENT, BATTALION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, BRIGADE LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, INFORMATION PROCESSING.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE