Today's operational commanders must do more with less. Budgetary constraints and a fragile, complex geopolitical environment combine to ensure that a smaller military force structure will have to meet an increasing number of contingencies. In response, "Joint Vision 2010/2020," "The Navy Operational Concept," and other service documents boldly assert that our technological superiority will be a force multiplier-but without saying exactly how and without satisfying concerns that access to huge amounts of information simply will create more friction. These documents describe an operating environment in which integrated information technology is used to deliver a key element of success: speed of command. The implication is that neither the old ways of coordinated operations nor the current concept of interoperability can achieve the speed necessary to, as "Joint Vision 2010" states, "transform warfare from a step function into a continuous process." Integration and network centricity are the answers, but there is no guidance on how to get there.
Integration Can Transform Warfare
By Colonel James J. Kuzmick, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired), Captain Christopher P. McNamara, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Commander Paul A. Willis, U.S. Navy (Retired)