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Battle Command as a Weapons System

What is it?
Battle command (BC) is the art and science of understanding, visualizing, describing, directing, leading, and assessing operations against a hostile, thinking and adaptive enemy.  The Vice Chief of Staff of the Army directed that Units’ BC capabilities be reported as a weapons systems and that a standardized solution for BC be fielded across the force.  When fully implemented, BC as a Weapon System (BCAWS) establishes commonalities among commanders to create a seamless transition for rapid task organization to support any mission. Reporting BC as a Weapons System will be executed using the current Net Unit Status Report and allow the Army to increase efficiency by quickly identifying capability gaps across the force. BCAWS reporting will assist the Headquarters, Department of the Army, with resource quantification and reallocation to support ongoing operations and improve force readiness as standardized capabilities and training metrics are employed across the force.  For reporting purposes, BCAWS is limited in scope to Battle Staff (Personnel/Training and Command Group), systems (C2, Transport, and Infrastructure), and training associated with the Command Post and Command Group.

What has the Army done?
Reporting BC as a weapon system is currently under development.  The effort began in September 2006 to establish doctrinal, manning and training requirements for Battle Command as a weapon system and personnel.  These personnel, training, and equipment readiness metrics guide commanders assessments in reporting their Battle Staffs’ capability to conduct operations in accordance with their mission.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future? 
Army Regulation 220-1, Unit Status Reporting, is being updated to specify the capabilities, manning, and training requirements for Army Battle Staffs and the Joint Network Node-Network (JNN-N).  In successive phases, BC readiness reporting will be incrementally applied to functional and multi-functional brigades, and division/corps headquarters.

Why is this important to the Army? 
The Army has made tremendous breakthroughs in identifying and providing a common set of advanced command and control capabilities to deploying units.  Reporting BC as a Weapon System will focus and facilitate the commander’s assessment of BC readiness.  BCAWS reporting supports the synchronization and modernization of BC elements as the network modernizes to ensure the integration of task organized modular units (during the reset and train cycles of Army Force Generation process), minimizing the negative impacts on deployed units and their mission sets.

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