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The characteristics of commanders and their principles are extra very important to a basic thought of command and regulate than are the technical and architectural features in their pcs and communications structures. This conception separates the paintings of command and keep an eye on (C2) from the and software program structures that help C2. It facilities at the concept of a command suggestion, a commander's imaginative and prescient of an army operation that informs the making of command judgements in the course of that operation. the speculation means that the fundamental communications up and down the chain of command can (and should still) be restricted to disseminating, verifying, or enhancing command techniques. the idea additionally indicates, as an severe case, that an incredible command notion is one who is so prescient, sound, and completely conveyed to subordinates that it can permit the commander to go away the battlefield prior to the conflict commences, without opposed impression upon the out-come. This document advances a conception approximately army

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In the next chapter, we describe why we chose historical battles, the criteria we used to select the six battles from military history, and the process we used to synthesize the ideal command concepts that would have been appropriate to those battles. In each of Chapters Three through Eight, we present one case history. In Chapter Nine, we present conclusions and recommendations for further study. The Appendix describes C2 theories in addition to those described earlier in this chapter. 20 The technological overlay is mostly from communications and computers, which are changing at a remarkable pace.

We ask if the command concept was valid and adequately supported by the C2 system. If no explicit concept, such as an operational plan, exists, we infer an ideal concept from information on all aspects of the battle. We also chose our examples to illustrate instances in which: The command concept was either ideal or unsound for the circumstances presented to the commander. The expression of the concept by the commanders was either completethat is, the expressed concept contains all the elements listed in the preceding sectionor incomplete.

Tabak and A. H. Levis, "Petri Net Representation of Decision Models," IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Vol. SMC-15, No. 6, 1985. 2 Possible Components in a Joint Force These compound approaches ultimately rely on chains of command and communications paths for connections between nodes. Therefore, they end up being driven by cybernetic formalisms. Moreover, the human behaviors at all of the nodes are reduced to a common, rational actor: The "human" transformer at one node is the same as that at any other node.

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