Network Warfare Operations: Unleashing the Potential. Part 1
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL CENTER FOR STRATEGY AND TECHNOLOGY
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The Information Age has changed life as we know it, dramatically increasing the speed with which knowledge moves around the globe and making even household appliances smarter and more useful. In equally dramatic fashion, computers and the networks that connect them are changing the nature of warfare. It would be hard to imagine controlling air battles using physical models as was done during the Battle of Britain, or attempting to coordinate a 3,000-sortie air tasking order among allies using grease pencils and telephones. From administration to logistics to command and control to situational awareness, information technology has changed how we conduct warfare. In the same way that DoD leverages information technology to support military operations, so too have critical civilian industries turned to the net to make their functions faster, more effective, and more economical. Today computer networks control electric power creation and distribution, water purification and storage, air, rail, and highway traffic, and financial transactions of all kinds. Increasingly, these networks are connected to the Internet. Our world is increasingly interconnected, raising the possibility of conducting warfare, with a wide variety of operational and strategic effects, both lethal and non-lethal, all by means of electrons.
- Computer Systems
- Command, Control and Communications Systems