Re-Conceptualizing Command and Control

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Authors
  1. Pigeau, R.A.
  2. McCann, C.A.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Our interest in command and control began in 1993 when we were asked to establish a C2 research program at the Defence and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine. Being motivated scientists, we immersed ourselves in books and journal articles about C2, consulted with research colleagues, both nationally and internationally, and interviewed commanders from all services, attended military conferences, participated in meetings at a number of DND directorates. At the end of a year of intense study, we realized there was little consensus within either the military or the research communities on the actual definitions for Command, Control and C2. We decided to start from scratch and re-conceptualize the whole area with the intention to develop an internally consistent set of command and control concepts that would form the framework for a uniquely Canadian research program. In the ensuing years, we have exposed our concepts to military and scientific scrutiny and, more recently, have begun collecting data to validate our work. This paper describes our re-conceptualization of command and control and suggests ways in which it can be applied.
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Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-SL-2003-019 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
17 Jan 2003
Number of Pages
12
Reprinted from
Canadian Military Journal, Spring 2002
DSTKIM No
CA022196
CANDIS No
519041
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Hardcopy;Electronic Document(PDF)

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