Recent events in Iraq bring the character of defense transformation and of the new network-centric warfare concepts into sharper focus. Slightly more than a year ago, the transformed U.S. forces performed brilliantly in Iraq, rapidly defeating an army that many imagined would bog them down. Since then, an Iraqi resistance has made life difficult for the U.S. forces in Iraq, and now for the new Iraqi government. No one can really tell if this problem will last, but it has been used by critics of transformation as proof of the limits of the new concepts. Which is correct? Is transformation a brilliant success or a limited concept illsuited to the war against terrorism? Or is it that we are seeing transformation in an intermediate stage, when it does not yet fulfill its credible promise?
World Naval Developments: Transformation and Network-Centric Warfare Tested in Iraq
By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems