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In a highly competitive business the organization with the most timely and accurate information is in the best position to modify to its advantage those variables it c on trols and to adapt its operation to those it does not. Defense Information systems are centrally important for all levels of m ili tary planning and operations. Without accurate and timely information, effective command and control at any level are impossible. Military documents these days typically refer to command, control, communications, and intelligence (C3I) as one integrated entity.
Not surprisingly, the l ower th e costs the grea ter the use o f the medium . B e tween 1 9 60 and 1 97 7 there occu rred a significant decrease in cost and i n c rease in use for the electronic media, while the amou nts rema ined relative ly constant for the print media . Much of the grow th in info r mation flow has a p pa re ntly been d ue to broadcasti n g . By 1 97 7 abou t two-th irds (69 percent) of the words reaching Ame ricans th rou g h m ea sured media ca m e by way of televisio n or rad io.
S. Defense Department is presently working on mod ernizing the i n formatio n system that supports the o pe rations of its World-Wide Military Command and Control System. A re cent report by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Com and munications, Command, Control, and Intelligence (1981) identifies, as among the maj or problems, the following two: inadequate on-line software development and data manage ment tools, and user-com p uter interface deficiencies. By way of correct ing the latter, the system's designers hope to provide a user-oriented au to m a ted message-handling capability that will include "supporting functions such as the composition, coordi nation, and transmission of messages de ve l ope d by users and the au tom at ed receipt, distribution, and accounting of mes sages received by the users.
Using computers : the human factors of information systems by Raymond S Nickerson