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Defense Science Board 2006 Summer Study on Information Management for Net-Centric Operations. Volume 1: Main Report

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The task force addressed combat operations, information management, information assurance, and architecture requirements, as well as the architecture framework currently being pursued by the department. The task force examined the overall conceptual strategy for the system and the operational value of the proposed information network. Additionally, the task force assessed costrisk trades and technical network issues such as bandwidth, quality of service, availability, security, integrity for all missions and users, and knowledge management -- all of which support the distribution of knowledge that will ultimately support the missions and users in making effective decisions. These considerations converged on the simple question of how to provide robust, useful information at all levels from decision-makers to tactical users. The task force focused on support of combat operations, as it was felt to be the most stressing application of the system, as opposed to, for example, business processes and administration. However, it was recognized that all these applications are intertwined and must be operated as a whole. The task force did not examine the protection of the nation s total information network. Although critically important, it was deemed outside the scope of this study. To set the context of the study, the task force addressed four operational scenarios 1. Prevent and protect the United States against catastrophic attack. 2. Conduct large-scale counter-insurgency operations, including stabilization and reconstruction. 3. Conduct global distributed, small-scale operations, including counter-terrorism and humanitarian relief such as Hurricane Katrina. 4. Enable large-scale operations against near peer adversaries.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

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