Strategic Consequences of Networking

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Strategic Consequences of Networking

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Author(s): Alfred I. Kaufman
No pages: 4
Year: 2006
Article ID: 9-1-3
Keywords: command systems, network centric warfare
Format: Electronic (PDF)

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Abstract: This paper explores the strategic consequences of networking a military force under the assumption that such networking would deliver the combat power increases claimed for them by the Network Centric Warfare doctrine. Because of the large difference in combat power likely to exist under this assumption between networked and non-networked forces, such an exploration requires non-linear models of war in which the protagonists adapt their behaviour to the vagaries of the ongoing battle. We show that even the simplest model able to account for adaptation displays the ability of a networked force to terminate the combat phase of war in relatively short order, but find that termination of combat does not lead to victory unless the surviving enemy force is rendered inert by other means than combat.