Command and Control for War and Peace

Command and Control for War and Peace

Command and Control for War and Peace

Command and Control for War and Peace

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The mystery that seems to cloak the world of command and control systems has confounded a good many military people and defense specialists for years. The reasons for this are as elusive as are the hopes for ready solutions to the problems that constantly plague the stewards of these systems--their architects, managers, and users.

Although much has been written about specific command and control system problems over the past two decades, there is surprisingly little in print that addresses this business from a broad, conceptual viewpoint. Each of the practitioners tends to see the process from perspectives that vary widely and at the frequent expense of the balance such an approach demands. Users are not good students of the command and control process because there is far too little available to them to study without wading through either legions of technically oriented material or else simplistic, operationally focused treatments of exercises or "after-actions" work that addresses specific scenarios rather than concepts.

With his text, Thomas Coakley has done great service to those who aspire--or dare--to peer into this mysterious world and get at its basics. His delineation of the basic principles of command and control is as thorough and comprehensive as I have seen on the subject. While he orients his treatment . . .

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