Virtual Collaboration: Advantages and Disadvantages in the Planning and Execution of Operations in the Information Age
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Network Centric Warfare seems to have become the latest buzzword when talking about the future of the military. As technology improves, a more connectednetworked force is more a reality and less a conceptualization. Recent operations in Afghanistan and Iraq have successfully demonstrated, to a degree, the operational applicability of network centric warfare and operations. However, network centric warfare is not one system it is a system of systems from sensors to information flow. In analyzing the specific advantages and disadvantages of one of the systems, virtual collaboration, it becomes clear that commanders and staff at all levels of war are understanding the potential of this system but need to be wary of its potential shortfalls that can disrupt or negate any advantages gained. To exercise fully the capabilities of virtual collaboration, commanders and staffs must understand the limitations, develop coherent standards, implement training and make every effort to add virtual collaboration as part of their normal business practice in day-to-day activities.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics