Battle Command (Equipping)

Thursday May 10, 2007

What is it? Battle command is defined as "the art and science of applying leadership and decision making to achieve mission success (Army Field Manual 7-30)." Battle Command is the ability to envision the tactical military objectives, translate the vision into intent, formulate courses of action, and provide the force of will to concentrate overwhelming combat power at the right time and place to win decisively with minimal casualties. The term "Battle Command" incorporates the joint functional concepts of Command and Control, Net-Centric Operations, and Battlespace Awareness. Combatant Commanders, their components, and service units rely on battle command to execute their operations. Battle command systems enable commanders to lead, prioritize, and allocate assets required to employ and sustain combat power. Fielded systems enable the commander to see further, process information faster and strike more precisely and quicker. If information is the medium of the battle command process, the battle command system provides commanders with timely and accurate information on which to base the commander's decision.

What has the Army done? The Army is investing $23B across the Future Years Defense Plan in Battle Command capabilities, 80 percent of the resources is focused on delivering transport capability and the remainder on applications, services and standards. By applying the lessons learned in combat, the Army is implementing a unit set fielding construct to deliver a coordinated suite of capabilities intended to provide greater voice and data information down to battalion level. Significant materiel solutions being resourced and delivered to both active and reserve components include:

- Joint Network Node (JNN). JNN Network is providing the Army with a high-speed and high capacity backbone communications network focused on rapidly moving information in a manner that supports commanders, staffs, functional units, and capabilities based formations. JNN enables commanders to plan, prepare, and execute multiple missions and task simultaneously. JNN will be fielded to the entire Army by Fiscal Year 2013 - to include all Reserve Component elements.

- This topic was taken directly from the 2007 Army Posture Statement. To continue reading this topic in its entirety, click here.

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