Defense transformation champion Cebrowski dies

Retired Navy Vice Adm. Arthur K. Cebrowski, widely credited across the Defense Department for coining the term 'network-centric warfare,' died Saturday after an extended illness. He was 63.

Cebrowski retired earlier this year as director of the Pentagon Office of Force Transformation. He was the first transformation chief for the think tank office that DOD officials created in late 2001, reporting directly to Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz, former deputy defense secretary.

Network-centric warfare strategic plans have come to underpin a lot of what the Defense Department is doing, according to Terry Pudas, now the acting director of DOD's Office of Force Transformation. Network-centric warfare refers to the DOD's ability to use information, and the networks the information is contained on, to wage a competitive advantage against adversaries.

During an interview in February, Cebrowski said he would spend his retirement traveling, writing a book and working with the Defense Science Board.

'I'm just going to take a deep breath,' Cebrowski said and added, 'I'm not retiring, I'm restructuring.'

GCN honored Cebrowski as its 1998 Defense Department executive of the year for his leadership at managing DOD's information resources. At the time, he was president of the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. He also served as the director for space, information warfare, and command and control.

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