[ISN] Network warfare making progress

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Date: Thu Sep 20 2001 - 02:16:13 PDT

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    By George I. Seffers 
    Sept. 19, 2001
    Network-centric warfare promises to revolutionize U.S. military
    operations on the battlefield, but the capability is not yet fully
    developed, according to a Pentagon report on the subject.
    Network-centric warfare "should not be misconstrued as a fully
    developed and deployable warfighting capability. It is not," the
    report states. "Far more needs to be done to develop, test and refine
    network-centric concepts of operation and co-evolve them with
    doctrine, organization, command approach, systems, and other
    components of a mission capability package."
    The report was delivered to Congress in July and publicized on the
    Internet early this week. It sheds light on the military's
    network-centric warfare capabilitiesand shortfallsjust as the United
    States gears up for military action in response to the terrorist
    attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon Sept. 11.
    Information technologiesespecially those in the command, control,
    communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and
    reconnaissance domainare expected to play an important role as the
    military tries to hunt down an elusive enemy.
    The report adds that "considerable effort will also be required to
    develop network-centric capabilities that can effectively be employed
    in allied and coalition operations" and noted that the capability
    holds promise.
    "The experiences with early efforts to explore network-centric
    capabilities have been characterized by only a limited capability to
    network the force and by applications of limited scope and scale," the
    report states. "Despite this limitation, these efforts yielded
    promising results. Deployment of a more fully mature network-centric
    capability will transform the way in which wars are fought. The
    resulting impact on the effectiveness of U.S. forces will justify the
    term 'revolutionary.'"
    The tenets of network-centric warfare are as follows:
    * A robustly networked force improves information sharing.
    * Information sharing enhances quality of information and shared
      situational awareness.
    * Shared situational awareness enables collaboration and
      self-synchronization, and enhances sustainability and speed of
    * These, in turn, dramatically increase mission effectiveness.
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