By Alexander Kott
What if the genuine susceptible hyperlink of the knowledge Age strength isn't the of machines, however the software program of the human brain? And if this is the case, may perhaps it's that the complete conceptual constitution of the data Revolution theorists, a minimum of because it applies to army affairs, is equipped on sand, at the infamous fickleness of human cognition? those are the questions this booklet strives to check. the command and keep an eye on of information-rich battle, the participants discover its strength new strategies, innovations, and organizational constructions. As they achieve this, they locate purposes for either optimism and issues concerning the obstacles of human cognition and helping applied sciences in commanding battles within the details Age.Since the start of the knowledge Revolution, the army within the usa and in different places has been reading and imposing the alterations pushed by way of the swiftly advancing details applied sciences. between army theorists and practitioners, many specialise in the data Revolution's influence on concerns of army gear. a long way fewer, notwithstanding, appear to fear in regards to the grey matter—the brain of the commander, where the place the entire details energy of the recent age is meant to converge and to yield its potent dividends.Consider that it's the human brain, relatively the minds of army commanders and their staffs that stay the head and the final word buyer of the swiftly transforming into info flows. What if the genuine susceptible hyperlink of the data Age strength isn't the of machines, however the software program of the human brain? And if that is so, may well it's that the total conceptual constitution of the data Revolution theorists, no less than because it applies to army affairs, is equipped on sand, at the infamous fickleness of human cognition? those are the questions this ebook strives to check. taking a look at the command and keep watch over of information-rich conflict, the authors discover its strength new strategies, strategies, and organizational buildings. As they accomplish that, they locate purposes for either optimism and matters in regards to the barriers of human cognition and assisting applied sciences in commanding info Age battles.
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A collection of computer tools, the CSE fused the massive amount of information arriving from the CAU’s manned and unmanned platforms; assisted with the recognition of enemy targets; advised on the courses of action available for maneuver, fires, and intelligence collection; translated the battle manager’s terse commands into detailed instructions to robotic warriors; and even, if necessary, autonomously planned and executed the fires and intelligence collections tasks. Johnson looked at his battle managers.
In combining arms and services, the most valuable benefits accrue from complementary rather than just additive effects. As with combining javelin and sword, however, complementarity is sensitive to timing. Fires delivered too early may forfeit their utility in allowing unhindered maneuver. Sensors shifted too late may deprive a moving formation of the early warning that its deployment assumed. The retention of a mobile reserve may be pointless if the routes by which it might have to be committed weren’t earlier reconnoitered and cleared.
Reports and queries arrived in a crowded tent or command vehicle over multiple and invariably congested radio nets, often so thickly as to be audibly indistinguishable. Tired and dirty soldiers recorded those reports on whatever paper was at hand, and then, provided the reports hadn’t been misplaced, transferred them by marking pen or grease pencil to an acetate map overlay that became harder to read with every erasure and remarking. Orders were received and transmitted in the same way, occasionally accompanied by hastily drawn graphics that made their own contribution to the diminishing readability of the recipient’s map.