C4ISR Systems

Course #SE3121

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 months


This course studies command and control (C2) information processing and decision making in the context of adaptive combat organizations and the C4ISR System Infrastructure that support it. Topics include: C2 decision processes [Observe-Orient-Decide-Act Loops, Problem Sensemaking (Identification) – Solution Finding and Implementation Processing], operational architectures, intelligence preparation of the Battlespace (IPB); mission success and organizational fitness.

Included in degrees & certificates

  • 174


  • SE3112 or SE3122
  • and SE3113 or SE3123

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Describe the more common command and control paradigms along with their strengths and weaknesses and implications for system design.
  • Describe Network-Centric Warfare including its strengths and weaknesses; compare Information Age C2 to Industrial Age C2.
  • Describe the benefits and limitations of RF communication systems; apply trade-offs in modulation and keying schemes, transmit power, antenna gain, and receiver sensitivity in architecting and evaluating communication systems.
  • Apply the basics of computer networking in architecting and evaluating C2 support systems.
  • Describe how information operations are used to influence threat and competitor C4ISR systems; describe designs and countermeasures to protect one’s own systems with their associated costs.
  • Define the elements of ISR, how one might counter an adversary’s ISR systems and how they are used in support of C2.
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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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