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the influence of future command, control, communications, and computers (c4) on doctrine and the operational commander's decision-making processFuture C4 systems will alter the traditional balance between force and information, having a profound influence on doctrine and the operational commander's decision making process. The Joint Staff's future vision of C4 is conceptualized in 'C4I for the Warrior' which envisions a joint C4I architecture providing timely sensor to shoot information direct to the warfighter. C4 system must manage and filter an overwhelming amount of information; deal with interoperability issues; overcome technological limitations; meet emerging security requirements; and protect against 'Information Warfare.' Severe budget constraints necessitate unified control of C4 systems under singular leadership for the common good of all the services. In addition, acquisition policy and procedures must be revamped to allow new technologies to be fielded quickly; and the commercial marketplace will become the preferred starting point for modernization. Flatter command structures are recommended in this environment where information is available instantaneously. New responsibilities for decision making at lower levels are created. Commanders will have to strike a balance between exerting greater control and allowing subordinates enough flexibility to maintain initiative. Clearly, the commander's intent remains the most important tool in striking this balance.
Document ID
19970004570
Document Type
Other
Authors
Mayer, Michael G.
(Naval War Coll. Newport, RI United States)
Date Acquired
August 17, 2013
Publication Date
March 6, 1996
Subject Category
Computer Systems
Report/Patent Number
AD-A307455
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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