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Net-centric war needs security

Although the rest of the Defense Department has adopted the concept of network-centric warfare wholesale, scientists and engineers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency argue that just being networked is not going to be enough to counter challenges American troops are likely to face in the future. Speaking here at the DARPAtech 2004 conference, program managers from DARPA’s Advanced Technology Office outlined the need for dynamic security and reliability to accompany the presence of a network. “Network-centric warfare and network-centric operations have been built as the cornerstone of the strategic plan to transform our armed forces,” said Anup Ghosh, a program manager in the ATO. “The Pentagon says the network will be the single most important contributor to combat power. Our ability to link our armed forces together will contribute more to warfighter capability than any weapons system. In short, the network is the weapon.” Full Story

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