By Stuart E. Johnson, Martin C. Libicki, Admiral William a. Owens
The dep. of protection has been effectively exploiting speedily constructing advances in info expertise for army achieve. On tomorrow's multidimensional battlefield - or "battlespace" - the elevated density, acuity, and connectivity of sensors and plenty of different info units may perhaps let U. S. militia to determine nearly every little thing worthy seeing in genuine or near-real time. Such more desirable imaginative and prescient of the battlespace is not any doubt an important army virtue, yet a query continues to be: tips to we in achieving dominant battlefield wisdom, particularly the power to appreciate what we see and act on it decisively? The papers accumulated right here deal with the main serious points of that challenge - to wit: If the us develops the ability to procure dominant battlespace wisdom (DBK), how may perhaps that impact how it is going to struggle, the conditions less than which strength can and should be used, the needs for its employment, and the ensuing changes of the worldwide geomilitary setting? Of specific curiosity is how the authors view the impression of DBK in mild of the shift from international and nearby balance concerns that marks the post-Cold struggle global. whereas no definitive solution has but emerged, it really is transparent that the results of so profound a metamorphosis in army know-how are severe to the constitution and serve as of the U.S. defense force. In operating towards a definitive solution, the authors of this quantity make a big contribution to a debate whose solution will form the a long time to come back. Ervin J. Rokke Lieutenant basic, usa Air strength President, nationwide protection college
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In this case, a gross feel for the potential value of DBK can be derived from looking at the problem of destroying a given number of targets with different levels of C2 capability (figure 1). While the word destroy is used to simplify this discussion, it should be understood that in reality a full range of actions, including exploitation, co-option, disruption, and degradation need to be considered. [Image not available] The worst case is when one has no C2 and weapons are free to fire on any target.
The horizon for the analysis is the year 2008. This is far enough out to achieve significant advances in capability as well to provide the time needed to adjust our doctrine and organization to take advantage of those advances. The baseline case does not consider coalition warfare, which could significantly complicate C2. In addition, this analysis initially focuses on a combat mission unencumbered by tight political constraints of the type that have limited our ability to act in Bosnia. 28 Situation awareness has many different dimensions, and while given the time horizon and the nature of the resources likely to be available, "total" or perfect situation awareness is beyond our reach.
It is important to realize that absolute speed is not the issue, rather is it the relative speed that is important. Thus, we gain as much from slowing down the enemy as we do in speeding up our C2. We need to be more than a paper tiger. That is, we need the ability to actually execute the option selected. Having DBK certainly is a very big part of recognizing what needs to be done. But by the same token it is not sufficient to achieve this first necessary step on the road to option dominance. Perhaps the most important missing ingredient is the need to develop an 33 appropriate response to the situation as it is unfolding.