Accession Number:

ADA517795

Title:

Communication Technology: The New Mercenary

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-02-20

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

The Marine Corps no longer fights conventional battles. Todays enemies are not necessarily gun-toting combatants they can be abstracts like hunger, poverty, and a lack of reliable information. When fighting both conventional and unconventional enemies at the same time, the challenge to stay informed with up-to-date intelligence at the lowest echelons of decentralized command can pose as big a problem as the insurgency itself. Fortunately, commercial technology is advancing at unprecedented rates, providing an ever-widening array of communication tools to keep the operational forced informed up and down the chain of command. Unfortunately, this commercial equipment comes at a cost complex maintenance requirements or lack of experienced operators will mitigate the equipments usefulness. In the end, the Marine Corps overdependence on commercial, off-the-shelf COTS communication equipment is weakening the Corps ability to self-sustain by creating a reliance on warrantees and distant repair centers for maintenance and replacement, civilian contractors for technical support, and on-the-job training as the sole source of operator instruction.

Subject Categories:

  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Radio Communications
  • Computer Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE