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Network-Centric Warfare Key to Combat Power

Within 10 years, U.S. forces around the world will enjoy greater combat effectiveness as a result of network-centric operations. That’s a vision John Stenbit has pursued for the past two years, and it is already bad news for America’s enemies. Stenbit is the assistant secretary of defense for networks and information integration, and DoD’s chief information officer. The term “network-centric warfare” broadly describes the combination of emerging tactics, techniques and procedures that a fully or even partially networked force can employ to create a decisive warfighting advantage. NCW increases combat power by networking sensors, decision makers, shooters and their weapons platforms to achieve shared situation awareness, increased speed of command, high tempo of operations, greater lethality, increased survivability and a degree of self-synchronization. Stenbit said that to truly understand NCW, it’s important to take a historical look at how forces have operated in the past. Full Story

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