What is it? Battle Command is the art and science of applying leadership and decision making to achieve mission success. Battle Command leverages and integrates initiatives and technologies to deliver information superiority to the Warfighter across the entire force. Battle Command consists of communications and networking solutions that enable better control of our Soldiers and units as well as an ability to make critical decisions faster than the enemy can respond. These solutions apply to all levels of the Army - from the squad to the highest headquarters.
What has the Army done? By applying the lessons learned in combat, the Army has improved both Army and Joint Force battle command capabilities and provides commanders with capabilities they have never had before. The Joint Network Node Communications extends voice, video and internet protocol-based services down to the maneuver battalion level increasing the connectivity of this unit by five times compared to earlier organizational designs. Blue Force Tracker allows commanders to “see” the battlefield more accurately by telling them the location of all units in the area. Command Post of the Future is an executive level decision support system that provides situational awareness and collaborative tools to support decision making, planning, and rehearsal and execution management for commanders and staff. The Army Modular Design construct requires the capability to conduct dispersed and dismounted combat operations in all environments. To enable this concept, the Army is using secure hand-held multi-band small unit radios to provide enhanced capability to the Soldier.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? The Army will continue to work with the other Services to improve battle command. We are moving toward a single Joint Command and Control architecture. Our concept of the Future Army Modular Force relies on a concept for networked Battle Command capability.
Why is this important to the Army? Advanced battle command capabilities are essential to exploiting the full advantages of networked communications from the tactical to strategic level. Battle Command remains a combination of operational art and science. It is based on commanders and their ability to visualize operations and articulate their intentions. These systems allow leaders to move away from a Command Post centric environment to a Commander centric environment where the Commander can maintain situational awareness and be untethered from field headquarters.