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

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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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Carl H. Builder was a senior staff member at RAND, and specialized in strategy formation and analysis. He is the author of "The Masks of War: American Military Styles in Strategy and Analysis", and wrote extensively on nuclear issues, the military, institutional analysis, and technological and societal futures.

Richard Nordin has an intense interest in photography. He has been using and collecting Hasselblad equipment since his teens. He is a biologist who works as a government scientist, and is also an adjunct professor at the Dept. of Biology and a member of the faculty at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada.

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