Battle of cognition: the future information-rich warfare and by Alexander Kott

By Alexander Kott

What if the real vulnerable hyperlink of the knowledge Age strength isn't the of machines, however the software program of the human brain? And if that is so, may well it's that the whole conceptual constitution of the knowledge Revolution theorists, a minimum of because it applies to army affairs, is outfitted on sand, at the infamous fickleness of human cognition? those are the questions this publication strives to ascertain. taking a look at the command and keep an eye on of information-rich struggle, the individuals discover its power new techniques, thoughts, and organizational constructions. As they achieve this, they locate purposes for either optimism and matters concerning the boundaries of human cognition and assisting applied sciences in commanding battles within the details Age.Since the start of the data Revolution, the army within the usa and somewhere else has been interpreting and enforcing the adjustments pushed via the speedily advancing details applied sciences. between army theorists and practitioners, many specialise in the data Revolution's influence on issues of army gear. some distance fewer, even though, appear to fear concerning the grey matter—the brain of the commander, where the place the entire info strength of the recent age is meant to converge and to yield its potent dividends.Consider that it's the human brain, fairly the minds of army commanders and their staffs that stay the head and the last word customer of the quickly starting to be info flows. What if the real vulnerable hyperlink of the knowledge Age strength isn't the of machines, however the software program of the human brain? And if that is so, may well or not it's that the complete conceptual constitution of the data Revolution theorists, a minimum of because it applies to army affairs, is outfitted on sand, at the infamous fickleness of human cognition? those are the questions this ebook strives to envision. taking a look at the command and keep an eye on of information-rich conflict, the authors discover its capability new techniques, strategies, and organizational buildings. As they achieve this, they locate purposes for either optimism and matters concerning the obstacles of human cognition and helping applied sciences in commanding info Age battles.

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In another branch within this network of developments, personal computers made networking both highly feasible and highly desirable. In the early 1990s, people started to notice a mysterious slogan in the marketing literature of Sun Microsystems, a then-popular maker of high-end computer workstations. “The network is the computer,” went the slogan. Sun’s leaders argued that platform-centric computing was a thing of the past, and the future was with marvels, such as the Internet, that arise from the network-centric computing.

28 Military history is replete with such episodes. Automation is no panacea, but it can help make such disconnects less likely. Simply the ability to transmit graphics quickly and clearly can diminish if not prevent altogether the sort of perceptual divergence that sacrificed men so uselessly albeit gallantly at Balaclava. At the same time, in communicating as in delegating, automation misused can turn on its owners. As bandwidth increases, so too does the potential to communicate too much information.

S. 37 Networked automation can help avoid such problems by enabling multiple command levels to test in advance the sensitivity of plans to an unforeseen delay in events or the loss or temporary unavailability of key assets. In the process, it can help identify where added robustness is desirable or how the plan itself should be modified. In the worst event, it can help commanders decide when an otherwise attractive course of action should be jettisoned in favor of one less ambitious but also less sensitive to timing.

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