Arab-Israeli Air Wars

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Military. Minimizing casualties, among both combat forces and civilians, is widely perceived as an important and achievable goal. At the same time, the military is expected to be effective by accomplishing missions precisely and quickly. Warfare in the Information Domain As the global society enters the Information Age, military operations are inevitably impacted and transformed. Satellite communications, video teleconferencing, battlefield facsimile machines, digital communications systems, personal computers, the Global Positioning System, and dozens of other transforming tools are already commonplace.

Information can, in effect, be directly substituted in the “manufacture” of each of these capabilities. Chapter 3 19 The massing of forces is being transformed into a massing of effects (without the physical movement). Maneuver is less and less about being able to get a sizable amount of men and material somewhere in a hurry and more and more about either being prepositioned correctly or about being able to have small groups move successfully on a nonlinear battlefield. The mass previously associated with firepower is being increasingly replaced with precision, made possible by information.

S. ”5 But the opportunities that new, improved, and interoperable weapons and command and control systems offer cannot be successfully exploited unless we rethink our concepts of operations and our approach to command and control, change processes, doctrine, and organizational structures, and provide the required personnel the education, training, and experiences they need. This theme was stressed in a speech that Secretary Rumsfeld gave to students at the National Defense University in which he said, “A revolution in military affairs is about more than building new hightech weapons, though that is certainly part of it.

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