Stretching the Network: Using Transformed Forces in Demanding Contingencies Other Than War
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Although the United States and other nations have pursued transformation to a networked force to prevail decisively in major expeditionary war, networking may also contribute to lower-scale nonpermissive contingencies short of war. This occasional paper examines the capabilities of networked forces and evaluates their utility for meeting the challenges of lesser contingencies. It should be of special interest to policymakers within the U.S. Department of Defense and other allied nations who are involved in force transformation and understanding the impact of networking on military operations. It should also interest humanitarian organizations, academics, and others who have an interest in low-intensity conflict, peacekeeping operations, and nation-building to further understand the advantages networked military forces may provide in those environments. The paper results from the RAND Corporations continuing program of self- sponsored independent research. Support for such research is provided, in part, by donors and by the independent research and development provisions of RANDs contracts for the operation of its U.S. Department of Defense federally funded research and development centers. This research was overseen by the RAND National Security Research Division NSRD. NSRD conducts research and analysis for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the unified commands, the defense agencies, the Department of the Navy, the U.S. intelligence community, allied foreign governments, and foundations.
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