Network-centric warfare is supposed to help us achieve a "revolution in military affairs," a technological transformation of the U.S. Navy. The power of information technology is going to increase our awareness of both enemy and friendly forces. Using this networked "big picture" to organize our actions from the bottom up, we will respond to threats more rapidly and effectively. Some have argued that our individual ships, aircraft, and submarines are only "transitional technology"; that in the future Navy, a platform is only as good as its ability to act as a node, enhancing information flow within the entire network. It would appear that there is no turning back from this revolution.