Self-synchronization (temporal) + self-assembly (spatial) = self-organization (complex systems)
Is it possible to “self-organize” an operation by insuring common intent and purpose and shared situational awareness?
A network-centric approach:
1. A robustly networked force improves information sharing.
2. Information sharing and collaboration enhance the quality of information and shared situational awareness.
3. Shared situational awareness enables self- synchronization.
4. These, in turn, dramatically increase effectiveness.
See "Decentralized Command and Control: Self-Organization in a Simple Model for Emergency Response" by Dr. Michael Bell.