Project in process,
Network-centric warfare, also called network-centric operations, is a military doctrine or theory of war pioneered by the United States Department of Defense in the 1990's.
It seeks to translate an information advantage, enabled in part by information technology, into a competitive advantage through the robust networking of well informed geographically dispersed forces. This networking—combined with changes in technology, organization, processes, and people—may allow new forms of organizational behavior.
Specifically, the theory contains the following four tenets in its hypotheses:
- A robustly networked force improves information sharing;
- Information sharing enhances the quality of information and shared situational awareness;
- Shared situational awareness enables collaboration and self-synchronization, and enhances sustainability and speed of command; and
- These, in turn, dramatically increase mission effectiveness.
Network Enabled Capability is a term used in the United Kingdom and elsewhere for a similar doctrine. In Sweden, one of the first nations in Europe to begin the transformation, the term, translated, is Network Based Defence.
The term "netcentric warfare" may be used interchangeably with the term network-centric warfare.