The Impact of Coalition on Command and Control in Joint Fires Support Operations

L’impact de la coalition sur le commandement et le contrôle dans les opérations de tirs interarmées


  1. Crebolder, J.M.
  2. Coates, C.
  3. Torenvliet, G.
  4. Stewart, A.
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Defence R&D Canada - Atlantic, Dartmouth NS (CAN)
Operations frequently require joint forces to work together with coalition partners. But combining diverse, multi-national groups can lead to unique challenges in an operational net-centric environment. Component members may differ in basic norms, culture, and beliefs, as well as in areas such as language, doctrine, and policy. Furthermore, differences in procedures can exist – for example, methods of prioritizing and directing resources, and criteria used to measure operational impact and success, may differ between Canadian forces and our allies. In short, there are a significant number of ‘soft’ issues specific to coalition operations that are expected to negatively impact command and control with respect to time, accuracy, and operational outcome. Moreover, their affect on operational effectiveness will increase when command and control teams are distributed, as in net-centric operations. Implementing appropriate solutions into areas of greatest risk will enhance command and control and reduce the impact of coalition diversity on interoperability. This paper reports on an investigation that identified those areas of greatest concern with respect to the influence of coalition in a Joint Fires Support environment. Based on the findings, recommendations that could ameliorate command and control and improve mission effectiveness are suggested, and future work discussed.

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Report Number
DRDC-ATLANTIC-SL-2009-048 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
01 Aug 2009
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