Command and Control

Background

Military operations are reliant on the creation and efficient management of Command, Control, Communication, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) systems. A characteristic of future military operations is the need to devolve rapid response teams into unknown and problematic terrain for short tours of duty. In these domains the problems of ISTAR (Intelligence Surveillance Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance), become compounded by the need to establish a C4I system with mobile forces in hostile and unfamiliar territory. As ISTAR units move around an environment, their communications capabilities and requirements change, which leads to variability in the certainty of the data that can be supplied to decision-makers. Furthermore, the demands upon these mobile units might vary as situations change, e.g., the need to take evasive action, to make decisions about making additional or more detailed observations etc. There is a need to develop a model of ISTAR systems in which mobile agents with different levels of decision making capability, perform specific actions and feed into C4i systems.

Combining mobile ISTAR units with mobile communications systems raises significant issues relating to C4I and, in particular to decision-support. One of the main problems relates to placing a person with sufficient decision-making powers directly in a situation where they could efficiently make decisions. Clearly this has always been a challenge for military decision-making, but the past century has seen military operations being performed at greater distances from command centres (for obvious reasons of security).

HFI DTC Command and Control Research

Command and Control Research from Phase Three of the HFI DTC.

Command and Control Research from Phase Two of the HFI DTC.

Command and Control Research from Phase One of the HFI DTC.

For further information regarding this research please contact Professor Neville Stanton.