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Combat Operations C3I : Fundamentals and Interactions

By George E. Orr

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Book Id: WPLBN0002170374
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Reproduction Date: 10/15/2012

Title: Combat Operations C3I : Fundamentals and Interactions  
Author: George E. Orr
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Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Social Sciences, War
Collection: Authors Community
Subcollection: Technology
Historic
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Publisher: Air University Press
Member Page: Air University Press

Description
Unfortunately, the existence of command, control, communications, and intelligence (C3I) structures, mechanisms, systems, and capabilities does not guarantee success. Major Orr attacks the basic problem of producing a conceptual model of the combat operations process. Only after he establishes the context, a paradigm of warfare based on classical literature, does he discuss the appropriate C3I architecture that will yield the desired results. In a larger sense, Major Orr’s study is an attempt to redefine the nature of modern technology-intensive warfare. This is a broad and contentious problem. While the reader may not agree with all of Major Orr’s assumptions and conclusions, this larger effort is vital to the American military’s capability to cope successfully with a rapidly changing and increasingly dangerous world. In this larger sense, the importance of Major Orr’s study goes far beyond the particular problems of C3I.

Table of Contents
I COMBAT OPERATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Sun Tzu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Objectives of War . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Civil-Military Relationships . . . . . . . . . . 2 Principles of War . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Tactical Principles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Carl von Clausewitz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Andre Beaufre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 The American Style of War . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 The Traditional Approach . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Maneuver Warfare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 II C3I AND THE COMBAT OPERATIONS PROCESS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 The Combat Operations Process Model . . . .34 Expansion of the Process Model Functions . .37 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 III COMMAND OF THE COMBAT OPERATIONS PROCESS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 The Purpose of Command . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 Use of the Power Distribution . . . . . . . . . . .72 Implication of this Interpretation of Command . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 IV EFFECTIVE COMMAND OF COMBAT OPERATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 The Military Problem-Solving Process . . . . . 79 Determination of the Desired Power Distribution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Determination of the Current Situation . . . . 84 Determination and Evaluation of Possible Actions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Selection of a Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Execution of the Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 The ACT Function . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98 Communications Links and Interfaces . . . . 99 Military Theory in the Problem-Solving Formulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 V C3I IN COMBAT OPERATIONS . . . . . . . . .103 C3I in the Combat Operations Process . . . 103 C3I in the Military Problem-Solving Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 C3I and the Nature of Combat Operations .106 C3I and the Desired Style of Military Command . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 GLOSSARY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 BIBLIOGRAPHY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117

 

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