Integrating Social Media Tools with Command and Control (C2) – What are the Possibilities?


  1. Forrester, B.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier Research Centre, Quebec QC (CAN)
This scientific report explores social media (SM) in the context of enhancing command and control under C2CAF-T project Deliverable 4 – Scoping of concepts and solutions for Network enabled expertise search, reach back and collaboration capability for command support. As a concept paper, many references were consulted and previous work in the SM and peer production domain was exploited to help the reader understand the applicable SM tools and platforms. Command and control concepts were then used to position SM enablers. It was determined that SM platforms and tools are an excellent fit for the functions required and principles of command and control, specifically those functions that deal with sharing and observing. There are many force multiplier benefits to adopting the peer production model that is inherent in SM. This report underlines the many challenges both from a science & technology and an engineering perspective. However, perhaps the greatest challenges are overcoming the need to change the culture and for senior leadership to share power in the way that makes peer production valuable. Of course the interoperability and security challenges are significant.
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Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2016-R073 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 May 2016
Number of Pages
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