To improve command and control (C2) of naval forces within the new expeditionary and carrier strike groups, we must ensure that communications infrastructure and information management processes evolve to facilitate success. Efficiencies in speed of information transfer, shared situational awareness, battlespace management, and delivery of operational orders are achievable with enhancements to existing communications capabilities and changes to the collective mentality of afloat communications infrastructure design. These efforts will lead to more information being pushed to and pulled by group units. However, unless these changes are accompanied by processes to put information in its operational context, warfighters will be unable to efficiently gather and use information needed to achieve C2 superiority.
A New Model for Strike Group Command and Control
By Commander Danelle Barrett, U.S. Navy