A Dialectic for Network Centric Warfare
DEFENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATION EDINBURGH (AUSTRALIA) COMMAND AND CONTROL DIV
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The US variant of NCW has been refined into the following form The tenets of NCW are 1. A robustly networked force improves information sharing. 2. Information sharing and collaboration enhance the quality of information and shared situational awareness. 3. Shared situational awareness enables self-synchronization. 4. These, in turn, dramatically increase mission effectiveness. In Australia, NCW has been defined with five tenets 1. Professional mastery is essential to NCW. 2. Mission command will remain an effective command philosophy into the future. 3. Information and intelligence will be shared if a network is built by connecting engagement systems, sensor systems and command and control systems. 4. Robust networks will allow the ADF and supporting agencies to collaborate more effectively and achieve shared situational awareness. 5. Shared situational awareness will enable self-synchronisation, which helps warfighters to adapt to changing circumstances and allows them to apply multidimensional manoeuvre. The first two tenets have no equivalent representation in US NCW and are unique to Australian NCW. These two tenets provide some recognition of human aspects of NCW. Tenet 3 maps to US tenet 1, tenet 4 maps to US tenet 2, tenet 5 maps to US tenets 3 and 4. Throughout the following, we will retain a focus on the four US tenets, augmented by the human aspects of the Australian tenets.
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