c. Versatility is the ability to adapt readily to unforeseen C2 requirements. The subordinate
elements of versatility are:
(1) Flexibility is the ability of signal support assets to support the maneuver of forces. This
is achieved through physical mobility of signal support soldiers and equipment and electronic flexibility
of networks (ability to expand, contract or change signal support systems as the situation dictates).
(2) Interoperability is the ability for information and services to be readily exchanged
between users. It is achieved by technical and procedural coordination between information systems,
use of standardized procedures (Signal Operation Instructions (SOI) and Standardization Agreements
(STANAG)), and implementing training programs which incorporate interservice and host nation
(3) Autonomy is the ability to perform in a stand-alone mode. It is achieved by providing
signal support to all commanders, use of multiple means of information flow, redundant signal support
d. Simplicity exists when the commander, his staff, and soldiers can use and maintain their
elements of signal support easily. At all levels of warfighting, simplicity has a profound effect on the
conduct and efficiency of military operations. Simplicity is achieved through technological
sophistication and standardization.
(1) Technological sophistication is maximizing the use of automation, common and
interchangeable equipment, integrated, and enhanced soldier training.
(2) Standardization is achieved through uniformity of component parts, equipment, and
procedures, including data communications procedures among services, commands and nations.
a. To establish a standard for automation across all battlefield functional areas, the Army
Command and Control Common Hardware/Software (CHS) program was developed. Prior to CHS,
there was a proliferation of non-standard Battlefield Automated Systems that had major interoperability
and logistic problems, along with high costs. CHS will eventually standardize automation assets and
improve logistical support by simplifying operator training, maintenance, and software management.
This will eventually be reflected in reduced costs, faster fielding, and improved performance and
b. The Army has purchased three sizes of nondevelopmental item (NDI) computers-commercial
off-the-shelf models with associated peripherals (printers, disc drivers, etc.):