Devolving command under conflicting military objectives
Smith, J. Q., 1953-, Dodd, Lorraine and Moffat, J. (2008) Devolving command under conflicting military objectives. Working Paper. University of Warwick. Centre for Research in Statistical Methodology (CRiSM), Coventry.
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Command and Control (C2) arrangements aim to ensure their autonomous but rational commanders act in a way that is consistent with C2's overall objectives. This can be a challenge, especially in scenarios where individual commanders face conflicting objectives: the success of a mission verses the compromise of a campaign. Building on our experiences in observing the reactions of military in simulated conflict, in this paper we demonstrate how multiattribute utility theory can be used to model the effects of such conflicting objectives on a particular commander's actions. We show that the geometrical forms of expected utilities that arise from the assumption of commander rationality are qualitatively stable in a wide range of scenarios and therefore open to analysis. We proceed to demonstrate how an appreciation of this geometry can aid understanding of the relationship between complex operational environments and the C2 arrangements and also inform selection and training of personnel to address such conflicts appropriately.
|Item Type:||Working or Discussion Paper (Working Paper)|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QA Mathematics
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Statistics|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Military statistics, Command and control systems, Operational readiness (Military science)|
|Series Name:||Working papers|
|Publisher:||University of Warwick. Centre for Research in Statistical Methodology (CRiSM)|
|Place of Publication:||Coventry|
|Date:||17 March 2008|
|Number of Pages:||24|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
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