U.S. Army in Vietnam
CMH Pub 91-12, Cloth; CMH Pub 91-12-1, Paper
1988, 1990; 515 pages, illustrations, maps, diagram, bibliographical note, glossary, index
GPO S/N: 008-020-01035-9
In Military Communications: A Test for Technology, John D. Bergen develops the thesis that burgeoning technology in communications faced a severe test in Vietnam. He analyzes the advantages and drawbacks of new communications systems and the effects these systems had on decision making and on command. In doing so, he describes the difficulties that communications systems had in keeping pace with the information explosion and shows that command and control do not necessarily improve with enhanced communications. The book illustrates that the communicator's missions of "getting the message through" was not only critical to the success of combat operations, but also as challenging as combat itself. Bergen's clear understanding and description of these issues make this a valuable work for those responsible for the future success of command, control, communications, and intelligence.
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