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Author Mitchell, Paul T., author.

Title Network centric warfare : coalition operations in the age of US military primacy / Paul T. Mitchell
Published London : International Institute for Strategic Studies, [2006]
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Series Adelphi papers, 0567-932X ; 385
Adelphi papers ; no. 385
Contents US Military Primacy and the New Operating System ;American hegemony and military primacy ; Allies and dominance ; Globalisation, security and risk ; Power and discourse among nations ; Primacy, risk and dominance: the new operating system -- 2. Freedom and Control: Networks in Military Environments ; The origins of NCW ; The emergence of the concept ; The elaboration of NCW ; The emergence of the GIG: networks and global military operations ; Information vulnerabilities ; Control versus anarchy: the problem of information assurance ; The fundamental dialectical tension within the network-centric vision -- 3. International Anarchy and Military Cooperation ; The international environment and military cooperation ; Limited war and interoperability ; Unipolarity NCW and the possibility of seamless interoperability -- 4. Networks in the Coalition Environment ; Tactical, operational and strategic issues confronting networked coalitions ; Efforts to network coalition partners ; Operational use of networks in coalitions: Australia and Canada in the Gulf ; The role played by SIPRNET ; Concentricity of access ; Satellite communications and information access ; Coalition information sharing ; The human in the loop: liaison ; Rules of engagement: intersection of strategic and operational policies ; Networking the coalition: social and digital factors
Summary Since its emergence in 1998, the concept of Network Centric Warfare (NCW) has become a central driver behind America's military 'transformation' and seems to offer the possibility of true integration between multinational military formations. Even though NCW, or variations on its themes, has been adopted by many armed services, it is a concept in operational and doctrinal development. It is shaping not only how militaries operate, but, just as importantly, what they are operating with, and potentially altering the strategic landscape. This paper examines how the current military dominance of the US over every other state means that only it has the capacity to sustain military activity on a global scale and that other states participating in US-led coalitions must be prepared to work in an 'interoperable' fashion. It explores the application of computer networks to military operations in conjunction with the need to secure a network's information and to assure that it accurately represents situational reality. Drawing on an examination of how networks affected naval operations in the Persian Gulf during 2002 and 2003 as conducted by America's Australian and Canadian coalition partners, the paper warns that in seeking allies with the requisite technological capabilities, but also those that it can trust with its information resources, the US may be heading into a very secure digital corner
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 75-89)
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Subject United States. Armed Forces.
Armed Forces (United States)
Information technology -- United States.
Information warfare -- United States.
Military art and science -- Technological innovations -- United States.
Netcentric computing -- United States
Operational art (Military science) -- Technological innovations -- United States
HISTORY -- Military -- Other.
Information technology.
Information warfare.
Military art and science -- Technological innovations.
Netcentric computing.
United States.
Form Electronic book
Author International Institute for Strategic Studies, issuing body.
ISBN 0203717457