Command Concepts: A Theory Derived from the Practice of Command and Control / Edition 1

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Overview

The qualities of commanders and their ideas are more important to a general theory of command and control than are the technical and architectural qualities of their computers and communications systems. This theory separates the art of command and control (C2) from the hardware and software systems that support C2. It centers on the idea of a command concept, a commander's vision of a military operation that informs the making of command decisions during that operation. The theory suggests that the essential communications up and down the chain of command can (and should) be limited to disseminating, verifying, or modifying command concepts. The theory also suggests, as an extreme case, that an ideal command concept is one that is so prescient, sound, and fully conveyed to subordinates that it would allow the commander to leave the battlefield before the battle commences, with no adverse effect upon the out-come. This report advances a theory about military

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780833024503
  • Publisher: Rand Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/17/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.76 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Introduction The Foundations of Existing C2 Theory Modeling C2 with Cognitive Science A Theory of Command Concepts Organization of the Report Chapter Two: The Context of Command and Command Concepts The Essence of Command Selection Criteria Elements of the Command Concept Chapter Three: Master of the Game: Nimitz at Midway Background The Plans The Battle Command and Control Nimitz's Command Concept Assessment Chapter Four: The Technician: Guderian's Breakthrough at Sedan Background The Plans The Campaign Command and Control Guderian's Command Concept Assessment Chapter Five: Technology's Child: Schwarzkopf and Operation Desert Storm Background The Plans The Campaign Command and Control Schwarzkopf's Command Concept Assessment Chapter Six: The Visionary: Macarthur at Inchon The Plans The Battle Command and Control MacArthur's Command Concept Assessment Chapter Seven: No Time for Reflection: Moore at Ia Drang Background The Plans The Battle Command and Control Moore's Command Concept Assessment Chapter Eight: Structurally Deficient: Montgomery at Market-Garden Background The Plans The Battle Command and Control Montgomery's Command Concept Assessment Chapter Nine: Summing Up: Command Concepts and the Historical Record The Relevance of the Theory Implications of the Theory Reconciling Cybernetic Theory with Command Concepts Directions for Future Work Appendix: ALTERNATIVE MODELS OF COMMAND AND CONTROL Bibliography ———————————————————————————————————————- -

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