Can network-centric warfare deliver on all the promises its proponents have made? If it is to have a chance, the Navy must move past easy assumptions and focus on the details—from bandwidth to network reliability to security—that will be its foundation.
Network-centric warfare. What is it and can it really satisfy the Herculean assertions of its advocates? Are we really on the verge of a new age in the conduct of military operations? To date, network-centric warfare has received a tremendous amount of attention, and there are tremendous benefits to be gained in adopting this philosophy, but as a result of the top-down force-planning approach employed in its development, several technological, conceptual, and philosophical issues critical to its ultimate success have received insufficient attention.