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By Contact Paul Havig, Denise Aleva and George ReisJohn Mcintire, Robert Bolia, Michael Vidulich, Paul Havig, Robert Bolia, Denise Aleva, Michael Vidulich and George Reis


Abstract. Current command and control (C2) terminology is laden with buzzwords that may, or may not, be useful to helping advance the science of C2 (e.g., effects-based operations (EBO) or sensemaking). In theory each term was devised for a reason, however, more often than not the reasons are lost and the terms are bantered about as “proof ” of a good system, experiment, etc. We review some of the major terms and their history, as well as the potential evidence for their scientific integrity. Next we discuss how best to understand these terms by investigating their psychological (e.g., cognitive and social) as well as decision making roots. Finally we show how one may develop experiments and then eventually systems that either test or use these terms as they were originally defined. We give examples of how we are attempting to test these ideas in the laboratory as well as how others may test them in the future. We conclude with some discussion about the usefulness of buzzwords in the C2 realm as well as ways to keep them effective exemplars of their original meanings thus helping to advance the theory as well as knowledge of C2 systems. Introduction. The impetus for this paper spawned from the fact that certain words, “buzzwords, ” get picked up by upper management and we, as scientists, are told to defend our work based on them. Tw

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