Unit Commander on the Move Experiment – Validating the Command, Control and Communication Requirements of a Unit Commander Operating on the Move


  1. Michel Couillard, M.
  2. Jobidon,M.-E.
  3. Underhill. E.
  4. 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 (FSE) 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 commanders to be mounted, moving away from their main headquarters (HQ). When physically separated from the main HQ, unit commanders require mobile command and control (C2) capabilities to effectively plan, prepare, execute, and assess the activities of their forces and assets. To identify and validate the key C2 requirements that will enable effective command on the move, the Canadian Army Land Warfare Centre (CALWC), in collaboration with the Canadian Army Experimentation Centre (CAEC) and Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), conducted the Unit Commander on the Move (UCOTM) Experiment. This report presents the methodology and the results of this experiment. The UCOTM Experiment required participants to perform command functions within a simulated environment that replicated the experience of mounted command away from the main HQ. Participants were drawn from across the Canadian Army and selected based on relevant experience and qualifications as unit commanders. A series of vignettes were created to provide a representative tactical environment, while the simu

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Command and Control;Command on the Move;Communications
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2017-R001 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 Jan 2017
Number of Pages
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