Communication Technology: The New Mercenary
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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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.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Radio Communications
- Computer Systems