'Who Knows, Wins?' Knowledge Management and Emerging Army Tactical Command and Control Concepts

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'Who Knows, Wins?' Knowledge Management and Emerging Army Tactical Command and Control Concepts

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Author(s): W. (Bill) D. Blair
No pages: 7
Year: 2002
Article ID: 5-2-3
Keywords: command and control, command systems, knowledge management, network centric warfare
Format: Electronic (PDF)

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Abstract: Success on the land battlespace has traditionally been attributed to the leadership and skill of the commander. The introduction of the staff system and limitations of communications tended to isolate the commander from the sources of his information. Paradoxically, the capacity of modern communications and information systems may constrain the commander by overwhelming him with the volume of data. Recently, a concept known as 'Network- Centric Warfare' has made claims of being able to speed up command decision making and improve tactical command and control. This concept leans on technology and procedures being developed in the commercial world. At the same time, commercial management has explored a development known as 'Knowledge Management'. This paper explores Knowledge Management concepts to consider what relevance they might have to Army tactical command and control specifically at formation and unit level. It particularly asks what parallels might exist between Knowledge Management concepts and those of Network-Centric Warfare. The paper argues that Network-Centric Warfare embraces only a sub-set of the concepts enunciated under Knowledge Management.