Managing "command and Control" in the Persian Gulf War (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 1996 - History - 170 pages
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During Desert Shield, the Air Force built a very complicated organizational architecture to control large numbers of air sorties. During the air campaign itself, officers at each level of the Central Command Air Forces believed they were managing the chaos of war. Yet, when the activities of the many significant participants are pieced together, it appears that neither the planners nor Lt. Gen. Charles A. Horner, the Joint Force Air Component Commander, knew the details of what was happening in the air campaign or how well the campaign was going. There was little appreciation of the implications of complex organizational architectures for military command and control. Against a smarter and more aggressive foe, the system may well have failed.


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Dr. Thomas C. Hone is a retired professor at the Center for Naval Warfare Studies in the Naval War College. He is a former senior executive in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and was a special assistant to the Commander, Naval Air Systems Command. His awards include the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Medal and the U.S. Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Award.With his son Trent, he wrote Battle Line: The United States Navy, 1919-1939. Dr. Norman Friedman has written more than thirty-five books on naval and national security subjects, including U.S. Aircraft Carriers: An Illustrated Design History, British Carrier Aviation, and Carrier Air Power. He was awarded the Westminster Medal of the Royal United Services Institute for his The Fifty-Year War: Conflict and Strategy in the Cold War. His most recent books are Network-centric Warfare: How Navies Learned to Fight Smarter through Three World Wars (2009) and Unmanned Combat Air Systems: A New Kind of Carrier Aviation (2010). He contributes a monthly column on world naval developments to the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, and he has written numerous articles for journals worldwide. Dr.Mark D.Mandeles is founder and president of The J. de Bloch Group, an independent consulting company. He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM), to the director of the Office of Net Assessment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and to other Defense Department agencies and private industry. He is the author of The Development of the B-52 and Jet Propulsion, The Future of War: Organizations as Weapons, and Military Transformation Past and Present: Historical Lessons for the 21st Century.

Thomas C. Hone is a former senior executive in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and a former member of the faculty of the Naval War College with a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He is the author or coauthor of three books on naval administration and innovation, the coauthor of a book on the Navy between the world wars, and an award-winning author of articles and essays on naval and military affairs. He resides in Arlington, VA.

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