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Exploring Mission Command in a Concept for Future Command and Control
Swedish Defence Research Agency, Sweden.
Swedish Defence University, Department of Military Studies, Science of Command and Control and Military Technology Division, Command and Control Section.
Swedish Defence Research Agency, Sweden.
Swedish Defence University, Department of Military Studies, Science of Command and Control and Military Technology Division, Command and Control Section.
2018 (English)In: 23rd International Command and Control Research & Technology Symposium (ICCRTS): Multi-Domain C2 / [ed] Alberts, David, International Command and Control Institute , 2018, Vol. Topic 3, article id 22Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Future Command and Control (C2) need to be both agile and resilient to cope with unpredictable operational environments and to make use of the technological advances. The Swedish Armed Forces develops a concept for future C2 of military operations. The objective of this paper is to explore the utilization of mission command in a future C2 concept. Sweden has a solid tradition of mission command, promoted by the Swedish culture of participation and empowerment. However, the future operational environment demands a need for organizational agility, thus changing the prerequisites for mission command. The future C2 concept, which is under development, encompasses centralized and decentralized command in fixed and temporary organizations. Centralized approaches may be preferred when it comes to prioritization of technologically advanced exclusive resources. On the other hand, dynamic situations demand rapid decision making and seizing the opportunity given in the moment. The future operational environment includes hybrid warfare and gray zone issues, demanding thorough analysis in order to foresee the political consequences of decisions. Sensor and communication technologies enable enhanced situation awareness; however, the infrastructure is vulnerable. The current paper analyses the application of mission command in the future operational environment, and further mission command in relation to organizational agility. The conclusion is that mission command is still relevant in the complex future operational environment. However, the increasingly complex operational environment demands continuous development of the C2 function.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
International Command and Control Institute , 2018. Vol. Topic 3, article id 22
Series
International Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium (ICCRTS) proceedings, ISSN 2577-1604
Keywords [en]
Mission Command
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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Ledningsvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8466ISBN: 978-0-9997246-1-3 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-8466DiVA, id: diva2:1299251
Conference
23rd International Command and Control Research & Technology Symposium (ICCRTS), 6-9 November, Pensacola, USA
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Swedish Armed ForcesAvailable from: 2019-03-26 Created: 2019-03-26 Last updated: 2019-08-26Bibliographically approved

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