With accelerating advances in information capabilities, some profess that information dominance is not only a critical force multiplier to warfighting, it is warfighting.1 Such a bold proclamation harkens back to the 1990s when network-centric warfare was heralded as a revolution in military affairs akin to the rifled barrel and machine gun. While significant advances across the electromagnetic spectrum have indeed transpired, so have the associated vulnerabilities and risks. Expensive and fragile infrastructure, single points of failure, and a heavy reliance on civilian vendors to maintain the patchwork of networked vital organs result in a questionable ability to defend the most critical communication assets—or to win in a contested electromagnetic environment.
Silence on the Net
Mission command is the missing link in the Navy’s quest for information dominance.
By Captain Patrick Molenda, U.S. Navy