Accession Number : ADA955086

Title :   Modern Communications: A Challenge to the Military Commander.

Descriptive Note : Student essay,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Anderson, Edward G., Jr

Report Date : 22 APR 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 26

Abstract : The U.S. military commander is now witnessing a trend away from control of operations by the military commander in the field toward closer supervision and regulation by the national authorities in Washington of the exact degree of application of military force before, during, and after any initiation of hostilities. The modern military commander needs to examine the reasons for this trend and to consider the philosophy that he should adopt toward it. It is contended in this article that better communications can be a key part of the military commander's response to this challenge since it will provide a means for allowing him to be better informed about the concepts and problems at the national level. This, in turn, will permit him to provide more timely and substantive answers to Washington. There is no guarantee that the military perspective will be given proper consideration in the formulation of decisions under conditions of national crises, but, if the military commander is to act consistently within the circumstances and realities of the current use of communications to control national and military strategy, he must adopt a philosophy representative of those circumstances.

Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING, *COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS, MILITARY COMMANDERS, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), COMMAND GUIDANCE, TELECOMMUNICATIONS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, FOREIGN POLICY, NATIONAL SECURITY, NATIONAL DEFENSE, LEADERSHIP, POLITICAL NEGOTIATIONS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE