On a Distributed Command and Control System Configuration

by Paul Baran

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A discussion of the current concept of command and control systems that depend for their effectiveness in a postattack environment on the survival of a few centralized command posts. The vulnerability of such a system to selective bombardment by very-low-CEP missiles is shown to indicate the need for a distributed command and control configuration using redundancy of command structure, computational facilities, and communications. The technical feasibility of a distributed configuration is examined.

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