Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) Command and Control (C2) capability to improve disaster response and recovery
Schulz, Robert H.,Jr.
Moltz, James C.
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The ability to manage and monitor assets provides undeniable benefits in accomplishing mission objectives. The value of these capabilities is exponentially greater in disaster situations. This thesis introduces the BLOS C2 capability as a method of improving disaster response and recovery by enhancing situational awareness (SA) as well as command and control (C2). Demonstrated overseas in support of U.S. military battlespace coordination, the BLOS C2 capability promotes seamless communication and data sharing by means of sensor data and a truly common operational picture. Using the proven model that has improved mission effectiveness for the U.S. military, this thesis uses the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other levels of government involved in emergency response as case studies for analyzing the BLOS C2 capability in an effort to fill gaps in interoperability and information sharing. After analyzing each of these case studies, the application of the BLOS C2 capability will be considered and evaluated for potential benefits. Once these evaluations are made, recommendations will be offered that are aimed at implementing the BLOS C2 capability at all levels of government. These recommendations will provide DHS with courses of action that could enhance SA and C2, and potentially improve response and recovery efforts in the event of a disaster.
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