Battle of cognition: the future information-rich warfare and by Alexander Kott

By Alexander Kott

What if the real vulnerable 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 perhaps it's that the total conceptual constitution of the knowledge Revolution theorists, not less than because it applies to army affairs, is equipped on sand, at the infamous fickleness of human cognition? those are the questions this booklet strives to envision. the command and keep an eye on of information-rich struggle, the members discover its power new techniques, ideas, and organizational constructions. As they achieve this, they locate purposes for either optimism and matters concerning the barriers of human cognition and aiding applied sciences in commanding battles within the info Age.Since the start of the knowledge Revolution, the army within the usa and in other places has been examining and enforcing the alterations pushed by means of the quickly advancing details applied sciences. between army theorists and practitioners, many specialise in the data Revolution's effect on concerns of army gear. a long way fewer, even though, appear to fear in regards to the grey matter—the brain of the commander, where the place the entire details energy of the hot age is meant to converge and to yield its powerful 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 shopper of the speedily starting to be 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 complete conceptual constitution of the knowledge Revolution theorists, no less than because it applies to army affairs, is outfitted on sand, at the infamous fickleness of human cognition? those are the questions this e-book strives to ascertain. taking a look at the command and regulate of information-rich conflict, the authors discover its strength new tactics, suggestions, and organizational constructions. As they achieve this, they locate purposes for either optimism and issues concerning the boundaries of human cognition and aiding applied sciences in commanding info Age battles.

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Unless offset by the use of precision weapons, such limitations thus invite an equally unpalatable increase in friendly casualties. Achieving that greater precision without loss of tactical effectiveness, however, will depend heavily on the responsiveness and reliability of the command-and-control mechanisms linking weapons to their targets and their ability to adapt to the targeting environment. The potential contribution of networked automation to managing this problem resides above all in its ability to assemble and correlate information from multiple sources in real time and display it in a useful way.

During Operation Desert Storm in 1991, the unexpectedly rapid accumulation of Iraqi Variables and Constants 29 prisoners of war threatened to overwhelm the units to which they surrendered. The better the information on the numbers and locations of noncombatant clusters, the faster assets can be marshaled to secure and sustain them. Finally, not least of the challenges associated with noncombatants on the battlefield is insuring their condition is accurately reported, both up the chain of command and by news media.

Between friction and the enemy, that forecast rarely will be perfect. Prioritization thus requires balancing economy of force with elasticity. Ignoring the first risks wasting assets. Ignoring the second risks inability to recover from surprise. The smaller the unit, the harder it is to reconcile these competing requirements. Modern mobility systems together with more flexible tactical organizations have greatly improved commanders’ ability to shift assets around the battlefield. 33 In battle much more than in other activities, retasking tends to be difficult and dangerous.

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