Why contemporary transformations of the military based on networked operations will fail.
The driving concept behind the transformation of Western armed forces in the twenty-first century has been a fully integrated information network that will supposedly create a "decisive" advantage in fighting and other military actions. In a detailed examination of different types of networked operations, including Network-Centric Warfare (NCW) and Network Enabled Operations, the authors argue that such operations offer not a new theory of war but a series of largely untested assumptions that must be validated before they are accepted as a basis for transforming the military.
The authors consider various approaches to networked operations that are based on the physical environment and cultural context in which armed forces operate. They conclude that a "one size fits all" approach to command and control for networked operations may not be the most effective and suggest a more human-centric approach than the primarily technology-centred model used by the U.S. military.
200 Pages, 6 x 9
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"Brilliant insights into the development of Networked Operations from a Canadian perspective." Rob Huebert, Political Studies, Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary
"This book examines a number of concepts that have been discussed and debated in the defence community over the past decade, but not necessarily explained, with a very good discussion of the theoretical and practical origins of these concepts and useful illustrations from contemporary operations." Elinor Sloan, associate professor of international relations, Carleton University
Allan English is adjunct professor, history, Queen's University, has taught warfare theory and history at the Canadian Forces College, Toronto, and is the author of Understanding Military Culture: A Canadian Perspective.
Richard Gimblett is command historian, the Canadian Navy, research fellow, Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, Dalhousie University; and the author of Operation Apollo: The Golden Age of the Canadian Navy in the War Against Terrorism.
Howard G. Coombs is a Ph.D candidate, history, Queens University, and a co-editor of The Operational Art: Canadian Perspectives - Context and Concepts.
Networked Operations and Transformation
Allan English, Richard Gimblett, Howard G. Coombs
Table of Contents
1 Introduction 3
2 Frameworks for Thinking about Networked Operations 14
3 The Navy Paradigm: “Information Superiority and Operational Independence” 28
4 The Air Force Paradigm: Effects-Based Operations 61
5 The Army Paradigm: Manoeuvre and Operational Art 71
6 Paradigms in Conflict: Critiques of Network-Centric Warfare 95
7 Other Approaches to Networked Operations 109
8 Conclusions 130