DOD's transformation team stumps for net-centric warfare

The Office of Force Transformation has begun a publicity campaign of sorts to promote the advantages of network-centric warfare on the battlefield.

In a new newsletter, 'Network-Centric Warfare: Creating a Decisive Warfighting Advantage,' the office explained the concept of emerging tactics, techniques and procedures that a networked force can use to gain an edge over a less-networked opponent.

'For example, the combination of digitization and networking can be employed to develop a common operational picture that reduces the ambiguity and confusion of combat to clearly identify the positions of friendly forces and the known positions of the enemy,' the newsletter said.

To implement network-centric warfare, DOD must refine the rules and theory of warfare through simulation, testing, experimentation and combat experience, the newsletter added. The office noted that the department also needs to accelerate networking of joint forces at the tactical level, as well as strategic and operational levels.

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