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Title: Credible defence capability: command and control at the core
Authors: Oosthuizen, R
Roodt, JHS
Keywords: Command control
Defence capability
Cynefin
Capability life cycle
Issue Date: Oct-2008
Citation: Oosthuizen, R and Roodt, JHS. 2008. Credible defence capability: command and control at the core. Land Warfare Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 27 - 31 October, pp 9.
Abstract: In the acquisition environment, smart systems and equipment represent the tip of the proverbial iceberg – it takes much more to realise a credible defence capability, that is, one that comprises all components of a user system to enable a mission to be carried out effectively. A capability may be conceived of as comprising nine POSTEDFIT (Personnel, Organisation, Sustainment, Training, Equipment, Doctrine, Facilities, Information and Technology) constituent elements or dimensions. If the emphasis moves from system acquisition to capability acquisition, affordability often emerges as a problem. Capital acquisition budgets typically cater for the “E” of POSTEDFIT, neglecting to account for the cost of establishing and maintaining the other POSTEDFIT elements during upfront planning and decision making. This inevitably leads to fielding of systems and equipment without all POSTEDFIT elements being in place, resulting in an ineffective capability an ineffective insurance policy and a waste of taxpayer’s money. This paper considers some different approaches toward ensuring an effective capability whereby the POSTEDFIT framework and the principles of C2 are applied at strategic level to direct capability acquisition. A concept of maintaining capabilities at certain “readiness levels” is proposed, based on the premise of fielding a fully ready capability only when it is required (justin-time principle), as well as the time it takes to field the capability in question. An essential element of effective C2 at this level is situation awareness in the techno-political domain
Description: Land Warfare Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 27 - 31 October 2008
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/3167
ISBN: 0642705585
Appears in Collections:Command control and information warfare
General science, engineering & technology

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