Distributed Network Operations describes a refinement of what popularly has been called “network centric operations.”
Distributed networked operations envision combat conducted by large numbers of diverse, small units – rather than by small numbers of generally homogenous, large units. In theory and to a significant extent in practice in Afghanistan and Iraq, distributed networked operations involve a mixed bag of naval, ground and air units, none of which is individually as powerful as a fleet, air wing or armored division.
Jeff Cares discusses distributed networked operations from the perspective of adaptive control theory and details implications for force structure, hardware employment, and networked competition. Jeff presents a formal model of Information Age combat and explores the civilian business applications of the theory.
Alidade Press, 2006, 216 pages. $18.95