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Command and control (C2)

[i]n the context of computer network operations, a communications method or a component thereof to maintain remote control of an operational asset such as a compromised computer.[1]


Command and control (C2) is

the exercise of authority and direction by a properly designated commander over assigned and attached forces in the accomplishment of the mission. Command and control functions are performed through an arrangement of personnel, equipment, communications, facilities, and procedures employed by a commander in planning, directing, coordinating, and controlling forces and operations in the accomplishment of the mission.[2]

Unmanned aerial systems[]

Command and control (C2)

[is t]he data link between the remotely-piloted aircraft and the remote pilot station for the purposes of managing the flight.[3]
addressed the ability to maintain the integrity of radio signals to ensure that the UAS operates as expected and as intended.[4]

Overview (Military)[]

"Cyberspace provides the foundation for C2 of military operations in other domains. C2 in cyberspace operations is achieving unified action vertically and horizontally, among all levels of war, and throughout organizations. Due to the nature of cyberspace, C2 requires extremely short decision-making cycles. Effective C2 integrates, deconflicts, and synchronizes cyberspace operations at the speeds required for achieving awareness and generating effects."[5]