The spectrum of views on Network Enabled Capability (NEC) and Network Centric Warfare (NCW) range from the evangelical to the sceptical, but it is indisputable that information is now a key weapon in military operations. While governments and defence organisations have long since enhanced military effect by using the power of information networks, even the most enthusiastic proponents would admit that there is still some way to go in realising the benefits expected from the visions of NEC and NCW.
Issue 1 looks at the current landscape of NEC and NCW. How far have we come in their development – and more importantly, deriving benefit from them – and what are the challenges facing defence organisations and front line forces in implementing networked capabilities?
The dimensions of information – PA Consulting Group
Interview with John Garstka, Office of Force Transformation
Small steps and giant leaps towards NEC – PA Consulting Group
Interview with Brigadier David McDowall, UK MOD
The challenges of NEC delivery – Air Commodore Julian Thompson, UK MOD
Evolution of British military capabilities in low intensity operations – Professor Michael Clarke, King’s College London
Landpower and Network Centric Operations – Dr. Jeffrey L. Groh and Professor Dennis M. Murphy, US Army War College
Network Enabled Capability: what it is, what it isn’t and where it is – Dr. Lee Willett, RUSI
Networks sail into the future – Captain Bill Garner, Australian Defence Force
Rapid inching: an alternative way forward? – PA Consulting Group
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