Using Computers and Rifles at the Same Time
By Captain Christopher S. Tsirlis, U.S. Marine Corps
The Marine Corps prides itself in being the most adaptive and effective fighting force on the planet. Our strength has always been seeing potential weaknesses of our enemy and exploiting them to the fullest. The current DOD buzzword is network-centric warfare, an attempt to leverage America'senormous technological capability against potential adversaries "by networking sensors, decision makers, and shooters to achieve shared awareness, increased speed of command, higher tempo of operations, greater lethality, increased survivability, and degree of self synchronizations."1
In other words, to fight most effectively, all entities must be connected in some capacity. This idea has merit, and services are now focused on realizing it. As a Marine, my primary concern is how the Marine Corps can maximize our use of the changing information age.