Battle Command

Wednesday August 16, 2006

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.

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For more information on this and other topics see Addendum J in the Army Posture Statement.


Army Safety-"Owning the Edge"

To help modern leaders and Soldiers make informed choices, the,U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center developed a campaign called Own the Edge. This campaign, encourages individual and unit safety, as well as continuous risk evaluation and hazard mitigation through the use of CRM. Our Soldiers are warriors on the edge. "Own the Edge" implies that Soldiers can push themselves to the limit while maintaining control, thus giving them an advantage in any situation. CRM enables them to think smarter, take control, and actually "Own the Edge."

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