Archetypical C2 organization design for ever increasing technological autonomy: an unmanned aircraft system illustration
Nissen, Mark E.
Place, W. David
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According to US doctrine, command and control (C2) represents the most important military activity of all, and it recognizes people as the central element. Given the complementary importance of technology, however, it is insightful to view C2 in terms of soccio-technical system design. In such context, it is important for any such design to balance its socio and technical subsystems. Unfortunately, the rapidly advancing technologies associated with autonomous systems are pulling C2 designs out of balance, particularly where autonomous agents, robots, unmanned vehicles and other machines are increasingly replacing people in organizations. This raises the important, open, research question of how socio-technical C2 systems should be (re)designed to (re)balance such rapid technological advance and broad proliferation of autonomous systems. Borrowing from success in engineering and the physical sciences, we seek to leverage known and well-understood principles to approach this design problem, and we draw specifically from Organization Design (OD) to address this open question. In particular, we build upon OD to characterize a principled, socio-technical system design method, the use and utility of which we illustrate through application to unmanned aircraft systems.
18th International Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium (ICCRTS), June 19-21, 2013 Alexandria, Virginia. Autonomy Track - Paper 012The 18th ICCRTS Best Paper Nomination
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