Accession Number:

ADA464625

Title:

Defeating a Transformed U.S. Military

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-02-14

Pagination or Media Count:

27.0

Abstract:

Network-centric warfare NCW, as a theory of war, relies on the premise that ubiquitously networked forces and capabilities will outperform forces that are not. Put another way, all things being equal, the side with the ability to network will generally win. Fundamentally, then, the key enabler of NCW is represented by the functioning of the network that connects sensors, shooters, and decision makers in a system exploiting the synergy of its dispersed parts. While the ubiquity and health of the network is therefore paramount, weapons designed to attack the electronic components of that network can, in an instant, vaporize U.S. technological and operational superiority and render future, NCW-based combatant commanders and military forces impotent. This paper explores the relationships between NCW, systems and chaos theories, Col. John R. Boyds decision-making model, and their impact on a potential operational center of gravity and its subsequent vulnerabilities identification of likely threats posed by potential adversaries to hold U.S. networked forces at risk and recommended solutions to defend against those threats.

Subject Categories:

  • Electromagnetic Shielding
  • Computer Systems
  • Radiofrequency Wave Propagation
  • Electromagnetic Pulses
  • Radio Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE