Despite advanced technologies and highly trained operators, the Navy’s reliance on instant and ubiquitous communications is a potential liability. Simply put, the service has become addicted to bandwidth and the enormous amount of information that flows through it. It has built an expectation of continuous and near-perfect information exchanges that depend on complex communications architectures with enormous pipes and global reach. So what happens to command and control (C2) when those pipes get clogged or cut? Mission command is the reflexive response, but in truth, the Navy does not know because of the very real challenges in doing what it would take to find out.
The Mirage of Mission Command
By Commander Carl Graham, U.S. Navy (Retired)