Command and Control: The Warfighter’s Glue
By Admiral Richard C. Macke, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Command and control (C2) is the glue that ensures all the facets of an operation, be it warfighting or humanitarian, adhere to each other. It is the means by which all military endeavors are coordinated and focused on the objective. C2 is not only practiced during specific operations; it is a continuous activity employed by commanders at all levels.
All five warfare domains have a C2 component. Be it air, land, sea, space, or cyberspace, the ability to understand the environment and objectives, assign forces, put them in the right place, and amend plans when the situation demands is critical to success. In the joint arena, the C2 of all five domains through one C2 structure is required to yield a cohesive effort.