The military invests heavily in technology, often ignoring its impact on the users, assuming that "If we build it, they will come." Carrier Group 3 proved the importance of the human element in network-centric operations.
On 12 September 2001, the Carrier Group 3 staff on board the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) arrived in the North Arabian Sea. The staff had originally prepared for a routine Southern Watch deployment but the tragedy of 9/11 abruptly changed the mission. As the U.S. 5th Fleet's Commander Task Force 50 (CTF-50), they instead led a coalition force of 59 ships in combat operations against Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, and demonstrated the most successful grasp of network-centric operations yet witnessed above the tactical level.
Foundations of Collaboration
Humans are born collaborators. We are social animals and almost every worthwhile development or achievement is the result of group effort. Organized warfare is no different.