example of command-and-control warfare is the destruction of the
Iraqi command-and-control infrastruture during Operation Desert
Storm . The destruction of these structures delayed, and in some
cases halted communications of the Iraqi leaders.
Interestingly enough, Libicki shares with us that "gunning
for the commander's head" is an old aspect of warfare. Examples
he presents in his book are as follows: in ancient times it was
practice to seize the head of the enemy's king; sharpshooters
sniped generals during the Civil War; the take down of Admiral
Yamamoto's plane in WWII; and the attempts to locate Saddam Hussein
in the Gulf and Mohammed Aideed in Somalia. --- Today we search
for Osama bin Laden.
Something to think about....The commander physically locates
him/herself in the command center, sometimes referred to as the
communication hub. This is where he or she plans, receives and
sends information, and executes missions. The command center is
highly visible. You can pick the tent out - the largest; the vehicle
in which he or she rides -- lots of antennaes and vehicle numbering
system; expando vans or buildings -- flags, antennaes or lots
of brass coming and going. Libicki questions the visibility of
the command centers. He suggests that bunkering down the command
center may protect the headquarters but may interfere with their
mobility. How can we protect the command center and leaders, while
maintaining the position to best direct the battle?
An attack on the command
center can be very destructive to military operations and depending
on the timing of the attack ..........., could be down right devastating.