MCDP 6

Command and Control

Foreword

Operation VERBAL IMAGE

Chapter 1. The Nature of Command and Control

How Important is Command and Control?
What is Command and Control?
What is the Basis of Command and Control?
What is the Relationship Between “Command” and “Control”?
What Does it Mean to be “In Control”?
Complexity in Command and Control
What Makes Up Command and Control?
What Does Command and Control Do?
The Environment of Command and Control: Uncertainty and Time
Command and Control in the Information Age
Conclusion

Chapter 2. Command and Control Theory

Point of Departure: The OODA Loop
The Information Hierarchy
Image Theory
The Command and Control Spectrum
Leadership Theory
Planning Theory
Organization Theory
Communications Theory
Information Management Theory
Decisionmaking Theory
Conclusion

Chapter 3. Creating Effective Command and Control

The Challenges to the System
Mission Command and Control
Low-Level Initiative
Commander’s Intent
Mutual Trust
Implicit Understanding and Communication
Decisionmaking
Information Management
Leadership
Planning
Focusing Command and Control
The Command and Control Support Structure
Training, Education, and Doctrine
Procedures
Manpower
Organization
Equipment and Technology
Conclusion

Notes