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Analysis of Marine Corps tactical level command and control and decision making utilizing FBCB2-BFT

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Dreier, Matthew J.
Birgl, James S.
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Iatrou, Steven J.
Fricker, Ronald D., Jr.
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2010-09
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Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
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The speed and means at which information is acquired, developed and utilized has changed substantially over the last two decades, as the Marine Corps has made the transition from their traditional means of situational awareness (SA) and common operational picture (COP) development through radio updates and map boards, to the advanced information system enabled graphical user interface (GUI) by means of Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below-Blue Force Tracker (FBCB2-BFT). The commander's understanding of the situation formerly relied on the push-pull of information between himself, his subordinates, higher, and adjacent units. Now, the commander and his subordinates share a near-real time enhanced flow of information. The introduction of FBCB2-BFT greatly improves the ability to obtain SA and knowledge at all levels. This study examines the impact of FBCB2-BFT on tactical level command and control (C2) and decision making. Via a survey, the researcher's elicited opinions from 114 veterans of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom about the effects of FBCB2-BFT on operational decision making and its impact in real world situations. The survey results indicate that the categories of operation referenced (OEF/OIF) and Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) domain (Aviation/Ground) are statistically significant factors in influencing how FBCB2-BFT is used.
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Information Technology Management
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Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
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xx, 87 p. : col. ill. ;
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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