The president of the Naval War College discusses a reshaping of the school's curriculum designed to reclaim the "lost art of command and control."
Four years ago, in the October 2002 Proceedings, Admiral Bob Willard, then commanding the U.S. Seventh Fleet, observed that "Command and control is a lost operational art that has been swept into cyberspace by a whirlwind of technologies, made less significant by weak doctrine and misunderstood terms, and put off by future visions of every warfighter possessing relevant information." He concluded, "We must rediscover the lost art of command and control with priority on schooling our commanders in what they must know, where to access that information, and how to act on it once they have it to guide the operation more effectively."
Commanding at the Operational Level
By Rear Admiral Jacob L. Shuford, USN