Accession Number:

ADA464535

Title:

The Zero Effect: The Impact of Network-Centric Warfare on Operational Planning

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-02-14

Pagination or Media Count:

22.0

Abstract:

The strength of a networked force is its ability to collect, understand, disseminate, and act on information faster than the opponent allowing plans to be adjusted in real time and creating an agile force with which the slower enemy would have a hard time competing. Implicit in this is one critical assumption the opposing forces will act in some way and friendly assets will observe this act. Quicker reaction to the enemy, enabled by the networking of combat units and shared awareness, represents a decisive advantageonce the enemy is engaged. While this is obviously a goal worth pursuing, it is more applicable at the tactical level of war than at the operational level. The ultimate goal of network-centric warfare should be the ability to modify an already established operational plan in near real-time, not to construct one. Parallel planning and execution is inherently reactive and is of great use at the tactical level but should not be used as the framework to plan at the operational level.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE