Is this our answer to information
"Network-Centric Warfare (NCW) is an approach
to the conduct of warfare that derives its power from the effective
linking or networking of the warfighting enterprise. It is characterized
by the ability of geographically dispersed forces (consisting of entities)
to create a high level of shared battlespace awareness that can be exploited
via self-synchronization and other network-centric operations to achieve
commanders' intent (Source:
Network Centric Warfare)."
of Network-Centric Warfare alluded to the fact that NCW has focused
on communication networks, rather than on warfare or operations. "Networks
are merely a means to an end; they convey "stuff" from one
place to another and they are the purview of technologists. NCW does
not focus on network-centric computing and communications, but rather
focuses on information flows, the nature and characteristics of battlespace
entities, and how they need to interact. NCW is all about deriving combat
power from distributed interacting entities with access to information.
NCW reflects and incorporates the characteristics necessary for success
in the Information Agethe characteristics of agility and the ability
to capitalize on opportunities revealed by developing an understanding
of the battlespace that is superior to that developed by an adversary
(Network Centric Warfare)."
Transforming from a platform-centric to a network centric force is
not an easy task. A recent article in the Signal Journal (Nov 01) titled
Challenges Loom for Network-Centric Warfare provided that it
may take at least a century to fully transform the military. This article
outlined a report to Congress on network-centric warfare that pointed
out that "the question is no longer if network-centric warfare
makes sense, but how best to achieve it." The transformation to
a network-centric force will provide a "force that can dramatically
increase survivability, lethality, speed, timeliness, and responsiveness
(Challenges Loom for Network-Centric Warfare, Signal Nov 01)."
The transformation of our force is a very exciting initiative for further
study. I will provide some links for you to lurk about. The questions
that you should think about while exploring is how will the future force
affect me? What will I need to do/change in order to support this force?
Warfare. Exceptional resource. Will link you to the book, Network
Centric Warfare, Developing and Leveraging Information Superiority and
several articles, to include the report to Congress on NCW.
Network-Centric Warfare. Very interesting article by a Navy captain
who presents the idea that war-gaming is required to be very different
in the NCW world.
Report to Congress. Excellent site to explore. It may give you some
trouble getting in....the site is not very reliable but if you do get
in, take time to lurk about!
It might be a good time for you to explore The
Future if you have not done so already........