Studies on information mechanics
Related issues connected with the transmission of information in a command and control environmentare modelled and analyzed theoretically. These include search in an area rich in false targets, andsurveillance. In addition, the mechanics are considered of the transmission of information from thefield to the command level with particular emphasis on the use of redundant, fallible communicationchannels. A key connecting theme in the analyses is the concept of entropy and its role as a measureof the effectiveness of information transmission and the actions initiated upon receipt of information. The final chapters analyze simple message transmission systems with priority with particularreference to the considerations necessary to mitigate the potential damage caused by the misuse ofpriority to information transmitted at a lower, or non-priority level. Much of the analysis is either new,or an application of known work to new issues. The objective is to establish a theoretical frameworkfor the study and improvement of command and control procedures in the widest context, includingthe interpretation of field data and the design of trials and experiments.
Conolly, Brian W.;
Pierce, John G.