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Leading the Revolution in C4I

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The information revolution is a harbinger of notable changes in the objective and conduct of war. One important aspect of this revolution is information warfare--a potent command, control, communications, computer, and intelligence C4I capability with a profound influence on the way naval forces deter and if necessary fight wars. To discuss warfare in the information age, it is vital to appreciate how the Navy collects, disseminates, and uses information. Our approach is unique because it emphasizes forward presence. Simply put, one will not grasp our C4I vision unless the importance of naval forces being forward positioned is understood. For two hundred years the Navy and Marine Corps have provided forces to leverage events overseas. The National Command Authorities and warfighting CINCs require naval forces that are forward, ready to respond to or deter crisis, and able to transition to war. Moreover, while all the services have a role in forward presence, I am convinced that naval forces are going to be relatively more significant as Army and Air Force units continue to return to the United States. The Navy and Marines will, correspondingly, play prominent roles in information warfare. Forward presence requires that the naval services aggressively approach information warfare as an engaged and enabling force. Unlike other services, the Navy must imbed information warfare in the fleet and be able to conduct information warfare from the time those forces leave CONUS to the end of an extended deployment.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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