Command and Control Needs to Be the Priority for Operations

December 3, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The old way of planning for war still applies, but it became obsolete long ago.

The United States must weigh its command and control (C2) capabilities before it embarks on a military plan instead of the other way around, according to the vice commander, U.S. Pacific Air Forces. Lt. Gen. Stanley T. Kresge, USAF, told the opening luncheon audience in TechNet Asia-Pacific 2013 in Honolulu, Hawaii, that vulnerabilities have increased the importance of C2 in planning and execution.

“Oldthink in the U.S. military—which is how we do things today—is, you figure out your military plan, and then you sprinkle your command and control on it,” the general offered. “Instead, you have to understand your limitations in C2 in step one—not what we do today.”

The military must map key cyber systems and processes, Gen. Kresge continued, adding, “ We must rethink how we command and control.” He noted the equation “vulnerability = threat x dependency.”

“We must go after the dependency problem,” he added. “We must decrease, or at least not increase, our dependency on cyber.”


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