[Originally published by Royal Danish Defence College]

February 1942 – Singapore has fallen! The British Army has suffered the most humiliating defeat I WWII. The Imperial Japanese Army showed superior skills in command and control and they were able to secure a major victory despite of inferior numbers and materiel.

During 1944 the British-Indian Army under the command of General William Slim managed to turn the tide at the battles of Arakan, Kohima and Imphal. Gen. Slim innovated command and control in the British-Indian Army and secured a complete victory in 1945.

This paper offers a case study on the importance of the theoretical concept of Command and Control Agility in military operations and it investigates on how to implement the concepts. The paper illustrates how the concept of agility in the battlespace and in command and control is highly relevant for current operations and the concept is based on extensive experience dating back to 1942.

The paper is part of the collective research work done in NATO on Command and Control Agility and the paper is on the required reading list of the British Army Command and Control course at Cranfield University.

Read the research paper here