Network Centric Warfare: Background and Oversight Issues for Congress [June 2, 2004] [open pdf - 175KB]
"Network Centric Warfare (NCW) is a key component of DOD planning for transformation of the military. NCW relies on computer processing power and networked communications technology to provide a shared awareness of the battle space for U.S. forces. Proponents say that a shared awareness increases synergy for command and control, resulting in superior decision-making, and the ability to coordinate complex military operations over long distances for an overwhelming war-fighting advantage. NCW technology saw limited deployment in Afghanistan and, more recently, increased deployment in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Several DOD key programs are now underway for deployment throughout all services."
CRS Report for Congress, RL32411