The Director of the U.S. Department of Defense
Command and Control Research Program (CCRP) and the Superintendent
of the U.S. Naval Academy welcome you to the 6th International Command
and Control Research and Technology Symposium.
The theme for this year's symposium is Collaboration
in the Information Age. Collaboration is essential to the C2
processes of future military operations. Those processes are becoming
ever more distributed across functions, echelons, agencies, and
coalition partners. Thus, collaboration is required for efficient
and effective operations. Collaboration tools already are available
and being improved, both commercially (COTS) and within governments
(GOTS). However, recent experience shows that collaboration is rarely
done well. Cultural barriers and differences in training, experience,
background, and equipment are all impediments to good collaboration.
Reluctance to share information, problems associated with learning
how to use new tools, and lack of doctrine about how to collaborate
are other difficulties that have to be addressed. Finally, there
appears to be little agreement as to proper protocols for use of
By bringing together experts from both the operational
and technical communities from several countries, this symposium
seeks to explore the nature of future military operations-including
collaboration-and new approaches to command and control within the
context of the Information Age environment.
As in the past, the morning sessions of this
year's symposium are devoted to invited plenary speakers. They represent
the policy and operational communities and private industry, and
will address the nature of emerging challenges and their impact
on critical command and control issues, new approaches and concepts
for command and control architectures, organizations, doctrine,
and command and control decision making. Afternoons sessions are
organized into seven parallel "tracks" of presentations of papers.
We realize that you may not be able to attend every presentation
that you would like. However, all papers are available on this CDROM
and on the CCRP Website: www.dodccrp.org.
We hope you also will consider participating
in one or both of the 2002 Command and Control Research and Technology
Symposia. The next "domestic" CCRTS will be held during the summer
at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. The 7th
International CCRTS will be held 16-20 September 2002 in Quebec