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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!


  • Network Optional Warfare: Operational Concepts
  • Network Optional Warfare: Operational Constructs
  • Network Optional Warfare: Research Overview




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