22 July 2003 Virtual war, military revolutions, and networks: a guide through the concepts from an Australian perspective
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In this paper the argument is made that the offensive fire support organisation and doctrine, born of the "indirect fire revolution" of the first world war, is the start point for distributed sensors, shooters and deciders that may be transferred to a joint force; that the culture of directive control and mission orders developed by the German Army in 1918 and then adopted by most western armies is the start point for the culture required to achieve "self synchronisation" and that the network developed for the air defence of carrier battle groups is the start point for developing a networked ground manoeuvre force. We discuss the strategic expectations of network centric warfare, a "virtual war" scenario and the inherent vulnerabilities. The current level of understanding and implementation in specific areas is analysed and lessons for general application are developed and the potential payoff identified. Three broad operational domains are investigated, networked platform versus platform warfare between states, guerrilla/counter-insurfence operations and the emerging domain of "netwars" (terror organisations and criminal gangs).
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Dean K Bowley, Paul S. Gaertner, "Virtual war, military revolutions, and networks: a guide through the concepts from an Australian perspective", Proc. SPIE 5101, Battlespace Digitization and Network-Centric Systems III, (22 July 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.485744; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.485744
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