By Alexander Kott
What if the real 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 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 ascertain. taking a look at the command and keep watch over of information-rich war, the participants discover its power new strategies, concepts, and organizational constructions. As they achieve this, they locate purposes for either optimism and matters in regards to 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 other places has been reading and imposing the alterations pushed by way of the speedily advancing details applied sciences. between army theorists and practitioners, many specialise in the data Revolution's effect on issues of army apparatus. some distance fewer, despite the fact that, appear to fear in regards to the grey matter—the brain of the commander, where the place the entire info strength of the hot age is meant to converge and to yield its effective dividends.Consider that it's the human brain, rather the minds of army commanders and their staffs that stay the head and the final word customer of the quickly becoming info flows. What if the real 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 well or not it's that the full conceptual constitution of the knowledge Revolution theorists, not less than because it applies to army affairs, is outfitted on sand, at the infamous fickleness of human cognition? those are the questions this booklet strives to envision. taking a look at the command and regulate of information-rich war, the authors discover its capability new techniques, thoughts, and organizational buildings. As they accomplish that, they locate purposes for either optimism and matters in regards to the obstacles of human cognition and helping applied sciences in commanding info Age battles.
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CHAPTER 2 A Journey into the Mind of Command: How DARPA and the Army Experimented with Command in Future Warfare Alexander Kott, Douglas J. Peters, and Stephen Riese A BATTLE OF 2018 His small robotic spy planes, tens of kilometers away, faithfully scanned the battlespace. The composite image—flat, swampy land dotted with hamlets, lakes, and untidy small forests—slowly scrolled on the computer screen. Captain Johnson1 glanced at the calendar and weather predictor tucked into a corner of the display.
Conversely, heavy armor neither obviates the need for networked information, nor precludes it. 44 Battle of Cognition Regardless of the decisions on the right thickness of the armor, or the right number of boots on the ground, the already-present elements of networkenabled warfare call for serious attention to how warfighters can deal with the explosion of information. The strengths (or weaknesses, as the case might be) of the collective human-machine cognition will be at least as important as the right combination of the platforms’ characteristics.
The captain usually knew much more about his enemy than the enemy knew about him. Granted, it was of limited value to know much more about the enemy without being able to impact him. Fortunately, the CAU included plenty of capable shooters. His long-range artillery and precision missiles—most of them carried by unmanned vehicles—allowed Johnson to attack the Red force at a distance once his sensors found the targets. Still, all these assets would be worthless without the network that tied them all together, a network that allowed Johnson to receive voluminous information about the battlespace and send detailed commands to his forces.
Battle of cognition: the future information-rich warfare and the mind of the commander by Alexander Kott