The Cultural Challenges of Joint Self-Synchronization
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Network Centric Warfare NCW promises to bring tremendous new capabilities to the military and transform the way the U.S. fights. Core technical requirements for NCW include a Common Operating Picture COP and a Cooperative Engagement Capability CEC. These technologies enable more potent actions including increased speed of command and the self-synchronization of forces. The implicit assumption NCW proponents make regarding self-synchronization is that it will always produce beneficial results. In order for this to happen, all the forces must have the same fundamental understanding of warfare and operate with a common rule set. Tactical units in the same service will not be the issue they use the same doctrine, training, and equipment. At the joint level, because the services have different cultures, the ability to successfully self-synchronize is considerably hampered, and in some cases self-synchronized forces will do more harm than good.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics