Network Centric Warfare's Impact on Future Leader Development
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Network Centric Warfare NCW plays a significant role in modern warfare. The benefits of information superiority and shared situational awareness across the battlefield cannot be disputed. However, analysis of the concept indicates potential for micromanagement comes with these advancing technologies. As a result, NCW has enabled the operational commander to imbue centralized execution at the tactical level of war, minimizing the need for junior commanders to rely on stated guidance and intent to accomplish the mission. Tactical commanders are therefore denied the ability to exercise judgment based on their experience and intuition, hindering development of their innovative and creative decision-making skills at lower command echelons. Continued growth of tomorrows operational commander is crucial to the militarys success. This paper will demonstrate that a lack of understanding of how to effectively incorporate NCW has a detrimental impact on the development of future leaders. Although present throughout all of the services at the operational level, micromanagement is most pronounced within the United States Navy. The paper concludes with recommendations for the operational commander to assist him in mitigating micromanagement and aiding in the leadership development of his subordinates.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations