Network-Optional Warfare (NOW)
- Vulnerabilities arise for naval forces using constant communications due to lost stealth and dependence on external information.
- Emissions control (EMCON) and limited use of low-probability of intercept (LPI) data channels can restore naval covertness and tactical surprise.
- Data compression and a well-defined signal book enable fluid operations across Network-Centric Warfare (NCW) and NOW.
Network-Centric Warfare (NCW)
“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.”
Operational View (OV-1) showing optical signaling via QR codes and Digital Flashing Light (DFL). Only 2 EM-based lightning bolts!