The Unit Commander on the Move Experiment – Information and Communication Requirements for Effective Command and Control in a Dispersed Battlespace


  1. Couillard, M.
  2. Jobidon, M-E.
  3. Banko, K.
  4. Underhill, E.
  5. Bosso, J.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
The future operating concept of the Canadian Army is grounded in an understanding of the future security environment characterized by complex, multidimensional conflicts and a dispersed operational framework. Future operations will span the full spectrum of engagements requiring military forces to be dispersed in time, space and purpose. Dispersion in time and space will in turn increase the need for Unit Commanders to be mobile, moving away from the main static headquarters (HQ). When physically separated from the main HQ, Unit Commanders require information and communication capabilities to effectively maintain command and control of their forces and assets and to maintain situational awareness. To identify and validate the key command and control and communication requirements that will enable Unit Commanders to effectively command while being mobile, the Canadian Army Land Warfare Centre, in collaboration with the Canadian Army Simulation Centre and Defence Research & Development Canada, conducted the Unit Commander on the Move Experiment. This paper presents the methodology and the results of this experiment. The Unit Commander on the Move Experiment immersed participants within a simulated environment recreating situations where a Commander had to command while being away from the main HQ. Participants were Canadian Army officers with relevant experience and qualifications as Unit Commanders. A series of vignettes were created to provide the operational environment and
command and control;command on the move;communications
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2016-P074 — External Literature
Date of publication
07 Sep 2016
Number of Pages
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