Net-Centric Operational Environment

Net-Centric Operational Environment

Supriya Ghosh (Arcadia Concepts, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-854-3.ch004
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In this chapter we delve deeper into the concepts of net-centric systems and provide characteristics of the upcoming net-centric operational environment. We define traits that are properly defines this type of real-time operational environment and its benefits. The problem of today’s military is described and a shift to a new operational environment is mentioned to surmount current challenges. The chapter then illustrates the net-centric operational context and denotes each of the elements. We describe the fundamentals of knowledge management, knowledge sharing and distributed decision making. We address issues such as collaboration within communities of interest, technical connectivity and network management principles. We define different knowledge domains and sharing of knowledge across the net-centric environment. We then provide a case study of an example, future net-centric environment that has been presented within a DoD joint forces document.
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As you explore Chapter 4, it will cover the following topics:

  • Basic Tenets of a Net-Centric Operational Environment

  • Addressing Problems of Our Military

  • Net-Centric Operational Context

  • Exploiting Knowledge and Technical Connectivity

  • Knowledge Management within the Operational Environment

  • Case Study: Example of Future Net-Centric Environment


Basic Tenets Of A Net-Centric Operational Environment

Now that we have discussed the concepts of Net Centricity and Interoperability, it is important to discuss in more detail, what it is like to be within a Net-Centric Operational Environment (NCOE). This operational environment pertains specifically for today’s U.S. military. However, this type of operational environment can be modeled for military planners for countries around the globe. This operational environment can also be used by civilian industries based on a technology transfer from today’s military to commercial corporations.

With regard to harnessing the latest technology, NCOE allows us to explore a number of information aspects that fully enable upcoming technologies and innovations. This includes Communities of Interest (COIs), the ability to share and manage knowledge effectively, and an operational matrix that provides distributed decision making.

From a military and battlefield perspective, the following elements can be attributed to be part of an NCOE:

  • Gain Information Superiority First

  • Allow Deep Sensor Reach

  • Gain Shared Battlespace Awareness

  • Incorporate a Faster Decision Cycle

  • Ensure that there is a Unity of Effort

  • Conduct “Joint” Operations at the Tactical Level

Within the combat theater, NCOE then leads to the following characteristics for future warfare:

  • Rapid Change

  • Speed of Command

  • Self-Synchronization of Actions

  • Interdependent Operations

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