Networking in an Uncertain World: Network Centric Warfare and Asymmetric Threats

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Networking in an Uncertain World: Network Centric Warfare and Asymmetric Threats

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Author(s): Alfred I. Kaufman
No pages: 4
Year: 2002
Article ID: 5-3-3
Keywords: art of war, asymmetric warfare, command systems, homeland security, network centric warfare, terrorism
Format: Electronic (PDF)
 

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Abstract: This paper argues that advocates of Network Centric Warfare are not fully responsive to the strategic changes that have occurred in recent years and suggests two ways in which their efforts should be correspondingly modified. The first suggestion asks for special focus on what components one would like to network and recommends inclusion of systems complementary to what we employ today; the second, recommends that networking be enlarged to include, beyond connection of hardware elements, a 'bringing together in a coordinated manner' of complementary concepts of operation and perhaps even complementary strategies. These complementary systems, concepts of operation, and strategies, when used in conjunction with current systems, concepts of operation, and strategies, would significantly reduce an enemy's ability to exploit the singular vulnerabilities that characterize any capability and would thereby consolidate the Alliance's capability to handle the asymmetric threats that have replaced the symmetric threat of the Cold War.