Working Group 6: Command and Control (C2)


(Updated October 6, 2014)

Purpose:  The purpose of the Battle Management Command and Control (BMC2) Working Group (WG) is to provide an opportunity for military, government, and civilian operations research analysts to examine topics, methodologies, analyses, and innovations pertinent to all aspects of BMC2.  Specifically, the BMC2 WG explores the changes in policies / doctrine, technology and threats and their impact on US BMC2 opportunities, capabilities, and vulnerabilities across full spectrum operations.  Emphasis will be on identifying and presenting strategic, operational and tactical warfighter BMC2 issues, methods, techniques, capabilities, and studies that promote improved BMC2 capabilities to the warfighter.

Discussion:  BMC2 is identified as one of the six joint functions that enable the accomplishment of joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational full spectrum operations.  Joint Publication 3-0 states that command and control is “the authority and responsibility to effectively plan for, organize, coordinate, control, employ, and protect” the forces.  Over the past several years, the United States has been required to command and control joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational forces during offensive, defensive and stability operations in multiple world-wide locations.  As part of these operations, operations analysts have been involved in not only helping plan and support these operations, but have been responsible for identifying and providing solutions to real-time battlefield C2 issues. 

With the advent of asymmetric warfare, global non-government actors and operations in urban environments, there is a need for improved collaboration with joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational entities.  The current and future complexity of military operations will, for the foreseeable future, require development and implementation of more and more complex BMC2 structures, systems and procedures.  As a result, operations analysts must help the warfighter identify the underlying BMC2 issues, and help determine the BMC2 capabilities needed through the use of modeling and simulating, predictive analysis and evaluation of BMC2 performance, effectiveness, suitability and survivability, in areas such as predicting friendly and neutral casualties and attrition, estimating logistics requirements, developing measures of success and identifying timely strategies and options for the commander.

In addition, the commencement of the Global Information Grid (GIG) and the concept of Net-centric Warfare present major challenges for the analyst.  In order to achieve the capabilities envisioned by the GIG and Net-centric Warfare - to expand the ability of the military commander to plan operations, assess their progress and quickly effect changes that appropriately respond to developments on the battlefield - analysts at every level will be vital in developing and evaluating the necessary and sufficient BMC2 solutions.

Other Working Groups:  Candidates for joint discussions with WG 6 include:

·      Strategic Operations National Security Analysis (WG 1)

·      Homeland Security, Homeland Defense and Civil Support (WG 4)

·      Information and Cyber Operations (WG 5)

·      Air and Missile defense (WG 9)

·      Joint campaign Analysis (WG 10)

·      Land and Expeditionary Warfare (WG 11)

·      Maritime Operations (WG 12)

·      Strike Warfare and Power Projection (WG 13)

·      Air Warfare (WG 14)

·      Strategic Deployment and Distribution (WG 16)

·      Experimentation (WG 21)

·      Measures of Merit (WG 23)

·      Test and Evaluation (WG 24)

·      Decision Analysis (WG 27)

·      Modeling and Simulation (WG 28)

·      Special Operations and Irregular Warfare (WG 32)

·      Social Science Methods and Applications (WG 33)