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Author Smith, Christopher R., Lieutenant Colonel.

Title Network centric warfare, command, and the nature of war / Christopher R Smith
Published Canberra : Land Warfare Studies Centre, 2010


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 W'PONDS  355.02 Smi/Ncw  AVAILABLE
Description viii, 77 pages ; 22 cm
Series Land warfare studies centre study papers, 1442-8547 ; 318
Study paper (Land Warfare Studies Centre (Australia)) ; 318
Contents Frederick the Great -- Napoleon -- Eisenhower -- Essence of command -- Analysis
Summary "In this paper, the author examines the claim that information technologies will allow for wider and more rapid sharing of information. In order to take advantage of the emerging possibilities presented by information technologies, NCW [network-centric warfare] theorists recommend changes to the structure of information age military organisations and changes to the methods for command and control of military forces. Some of their ideas have implications for the traditional function of command. This study paper asks how contemporary military theorists account for the essence of command in information age theories of warfare. Case studies of Frederick the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte and Dwight D. Eisenhower demonstrate that the essence of command is the dynamic relationship among nine imperatives. This study paper contends that the emerging information age theories of warfare are flawed because they are based on a definition of command that does not account for these imperatives."--Land Warfare Studies Centre website
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 69-72)
Notes Also available in an electronic version via the internet. Address as of 01/06/10
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Study paper (Land Warfare Studies Centre (Australia)) no:318 1442-8547
Subject Military telecommunication.
Military art and science.
Command and control systems.
Leadership -- History.
Author Land Warfare Studies Centre (Australia)
ISBN 9780642297211 paperback