Information Warfare: December 4, 2002


The Afghanistan experience shows that the Army is still wrestling with the idea of information networks. Battalion and brigade headquarters, criticized for being too big to move and too ponderous to produce decisions quickly, were too small to process all of the intelligence information coming to them from various sources. One concept is to move most of the headquarters staff to a remote area (even an office building in the US) and datalink it to a small mobile headquarters in the war zone. This is a concept already being used, as an experiment, by the navy. Sailors who used to do administrative jobs on a ship, now do the work at shore bases and communicate electronically with the ship it is supporting. The army, however, still has a problem with reliable radio communications. The Army wants more powerful radios with more range and better able to be used in mountains or cities.--Stephen V Cole


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