Cloud computing is known as a novel information technology (IT) concept, which involves facilitated and rapid access
to networks, servers, data saving media, applications and services via Internet with minimum hardware requirements.
Use of information systems and technologies at the battlefield is not new. Information superiority is a force multiplier
and is crucial to mission success. Recent advances in information systems and technologies provide new means to
decision makers and users in order to gain information superiority. These developments in information technologies lead
to a new term, which is known as network centric capability. Similar to network centric capable systems, cloud
computing systems are operational today. In the near future extensive use of military clouds at the battlefield is
predicted. Integrating cloud computing logic to network centric applications will increase the flexibility, cost-effectiveness,
efficiency and accessibility of network-centric capabilities.
In this paper, cloud computing and network centric capability concepts are defined. Some commercial cloud computing
products and applications are mentioned. Network centric capable applications are covered. Cloud computing supported
battlefield applications are analyzed. The effects of cloud computing systems on network centric capability and on the
information domain in future warfare are discussed. Battlefield opportunities and novelties which might be introduced to
network centric capability by cloud computing systems are researched. The role of military clouds in future warfare is
proposed in this paper.
It was concluded that military clouds will be indispensible components of the future battlefield. Military clouds have the
potential of improving network centric capabilities, increasing situational awareness at the battlefield and facilitating the
settlement of information superiority.