Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Dominant Battlespace Knowledge: The Winning Edge

Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Dominant Battlespace Knowledge: The Winning Edge

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Dominant Battlespace Knowledge: The Winning Edge edited by Stuart E. Johnson and Martin C. Libicki. National Defense University Press, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. 20319-6000, 1995, 149 pages.

The authors of this monograph examine what has been billed as the third revolution in military affairs-namely, information warfare. However, even that term does not adequately describe what battlefield dominance encompasses. The ability of sensors to work with precision weapons to strike at a wide range of targets before the enemy can react is the essential goal of battlefield dominance. However, achieving this revolution in military affairs requires significant developments in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; command, control, communications, computer applications, and intelligence; and precision force. Merging our increasing capacity to continuously gather real-time, all-weather information with our ability to process and make sense of this voluminous data builds the realm of dominant battlespace knowledge.

Utilizing contingency scenarios (Southwest Asia and Korea), one chapter points out that this new capability permits the shifting of war-fighting assets from strategic to more immediately effective tactical targeting; flattening hierarchies; and changing the planner's role from strategic allocator to resource assembler. Operating inside the enemy's decision-making loop is the key to dominant battlespace knowledge.

Examining the concept of dominant battlespace knowledge from all aspects, the authors explore the changes the United States might have to undergo and the degree to which the enemy can adapt or attempt to subvert this new strategy. …

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