Loyola-ICAM College of Engineering and Technology, Chennai & Anna Adarsh College for Women, Chennai, 12.12. 2017.
We live in an era defined as the ‘information age,’ and one can see that the advancements in technology have coincided with significant developments in the way militaries of the world wage combat. From the use of cavalry units at the outbreak of the First World War to the deployment of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Operation Allied Force, technology is rapidly changing the nature of warfighting and security operations. The modern military operations require a Network Centric Warfare Approach to ensure that critical information gets to those who need it fast, whether it is those on the battlefield or those making the decisions at HQ. It is not simply new weapons, aircraft or warships that are transforming the militaries of today. The way in which forces communicate, disseminate intelligence, are issued orders, and report back to their commanders has been revolutionized through the use of networks – computer, radio and data networks. Network-centric warfare gives a military the ability to attain a high level of shared battle-space awareness that is exploited to achieve strategic, operational, and tactical objectives as per the commander’s intent.