Command and control in the modern supply chain : Implications of emerging technologies on the supply chain of land forces
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- Forsvarets høgskole 
This master’s thesis studies the implications of introducing modern technology in the army’s supply chain on the command and control of this supply chain. It has been a qualitative study using both literature and a survey among a limited group of subject matter experts. The theoretical framework for this thesis is based on organisational theory, especially on the Mintzberg model of organisation configurations. Furthermore, elements of Strategic Technology Management add to this framework. In order to define emerging technologies promising for the army’s supply chain, a survey of several government and commercial documents has been done. Based on expected influence on the command and control of the supply chain two of these were chosen for further analysis. Research findings point out that command and control of the army supply chain will shift from the Army to a more centralised organisation outside of the army. It is expected that coordination and de-confliction of activity on land will remain the Army’s responsibility. Depending the technological developments, this can eventually be automated as well. Furthermore, mutual trust and integrating suppliers in comprehensive planning and training are indicated as important criteria for success in supplying the Army.