The U.S. Navy is entering a new era of naval warfare hinging on tactics and technologies untested in combat. As we execute our mandate to “deter aggression and, if deterrence fails, win our Nation’s wars” in the Information Age, it is critical that we pause and think through what those tasks require and what parts of them may have changed since our last major naval conflict 70 years ago.1 To attain credible capability and readiness for 21st-century naval conflict, we must first determine in detail what naval warfare will entail for the units and personnel involved and look for insights and lessons we can apply to our preparations. The fog of war and the stress of mortal danger can never be entirely removed, but we can reduce their impact by maximizing our understanding of what to expect when the moment of conflict arrives and ensuring our training and preparation have been as realistic as possible.
The Face of Battle in the Information Age
With new high-tech capabilities come new high-tech threats, and the Navy needs to train accordingly for an era in which naval conflict won’t look anything like Leyte.
by Lieutenant Commander DeVere Crooks, U.S. Navy, and Lieutenant Commander Mateo Robertaccio, U.S. Navy