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Networked Operations and Transformation: Context and Canadian Contributions

Allan English, Richard Gimblett and Howard Coombs

The driving concept behind the transformation of Western armed forces in the twenty-first century has been a fully integrated information network that will supposedly create a “decisive” advantage in fighting and other military actions. In a detailed examination of different types of networked operations, including Network-Centric Warfare (NCW) and Network Enabled Operations, the authors argue that such operations offer not a new theory of war but a series of largely untested assumptions that must be validated before they are accepted as a basis for transforming the military.

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