This was my comment regarding Patrice's article about Too much info during incidents: time for a new command position?. I agree to an extent that a new position is needed. In fact, I think it is an interim solution; one in which the "officer" is not only an operational position, but a preparedness position teaching others how to best utilize the vast array of information that we have access to. In the future, though, I would argue that what is really needed is a shift from the traditional "command and control" model that is highly vertical.
The role of the "intelligence" officer will become a role for all personnel as technology, especially social technology, will help get the right information to the right people at the right time in the right way. The future of emergency management is a "networked" model that is more social and horizontal than vertical. NIMS/ICS will become incapable of the scale needed to succeed in the next 5-10 years. A new model entirely, based on emerging applied technologies, will be needed.
Look forward to more discussion on this. What do you think?