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Overcoming Barriers To Coalition Communications

Posted by Base Camp Connect on December 10, 2019

Your coalition defense efforts have a vulnerability. This weakness has nothing to do with your weapons. It has nothing to do with your training though inadequate training makes it worse. Poor coalition communications processes and equipment are quietly holding your effectiveness back. Unless this problem is fixed, you are going to suffer slower response times, political difficulties and more causalities.

The High Cost Of Poor Coalition Communications

Western forces operating in Afghanistan in the 2000s have faced constant problems. Consider communication problems alone. As pointed out in a RAND report, “Lessons Learned from the Afghan Mission Network”: 

“Despite its ostensible utility, a common mission network for ISAF forces did not emerge. This was due to three intertwined factors: (1) individual countries’ information, and data-sharing practices remained relatively stovepiped; (2) traditional and long-standing security concerns trumped operational necessity; and (3) the difficulties associated with connecting disparate national and functional systems.”

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Topics: coalition communications, barriers, NATO, communication interoperability

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