Network Centric Warfare and Its Impact on Operational Functions
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Network-Centric Warfare NCW, or Network-Centric Operations NCO, is a term that evokes strong opinions. The proponents of NCW look to the future and see sensor grids, weapons platforms netted together, and the free flow of information relating the minute details of friendly and enemy forces. The opponents of NCW claim that the ability of net centric operations to give the commander detailed information about the battlespace will flatten the command hierarchy and tempt operational commanders to dabble in tactical decisions rather than concentrating on operational art. The use of Net-centric tools in modern warfare has not hampered warfighting. On the contrary, they have provided the synthesis of information needed to conduct operations, greatly enhancing the warfighting capability of the modern commander. For NCW to mature from the current tactical to the future operational level, it must support the operational commander and hisher staff in the functions of operational art. NCW as it exists today and in the near future can provide the Operational Commander with the tools to plan, collaborate and increase the speed with which the staff perform. It is through NCW that the Operational Commander will react quicker there-by shocking the adversary or thwarting an enemy timetable for victory. Net centric warfare will, in the future, bring these about.
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