A Taxonomy of Network Centric Warfare Architectures
DEFENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATION CANBERRA (AUSTRALIA)
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The Australian Defence Force ADF is committed to transitioning, over time, to Network Centric Warfare NCW. NCW sees the elements of the ADF as nodes in a network. The capability of such a force is determined not so much by the individual capabilities of each node, but by the systems properties of the network as a whole. In this paper, we provide a taxonomy of possible NCW architectures, in order to illuminate the possible options and to foster debate and experimentation regarding the appropriate NCW architectures for use by the ADF. The taxonomy is based on the fundamental concepts of value symmetry and homogeneityheterogeneity, and distinguishes Centralised, Request-Based, and Swarming architectures, as well as combinations of these. We provide several examples of each architecture, and a list of key questions.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Command, Control and Communications Systems