Redefining command and control

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Authors
  1. Pigeau, R.
  2. McCann, C.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Human crativity, initiative, resolve, problem solving, leadership, and trust play crucial roles in military operations. For command and control (C2) to be effective in the full range of missions that modern militaries encounter, it is essential that it be human-centred. We have previously argued that C2's human component has been chronically under-emphasized and under-researched. The military has gotten swept away all too easily by the allure of technology (for example, battlefield digitization); as a result, C2 has become obscured in conceptualizations of rigid structure and process. We have also argued that existing definitions of command and control have provided little guidance either to the military or to industry for allocating the scarce resources necessary for supporting command. To redress this problem, we offered a new definition of C2, one that emphasized the critical role of Command (that is, human will) while acknowledging the necessary contributions of Control (that is, technology). This chapter will explore this new definition's implications, and demonstrate its explanatory power for elucidating C2 organizational structures and leadership.
Keywords
Explicit intent;Implicit intent;Common intent;Human intervention
Report Number
DCIEM-SL-2000-060 — Paper
Date of publication
01 Feb 2000
Number of Pages
25
DSTKIM No
CA010818
CANDIS No
515034
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk;Electronic Document(PDF)

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