Accession Number : ADA310922

Title :   Information, Technology, and the Center of Gravity.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Harley, Jeffrey A.

PDF Url : ADA310922

Report Date : 14 JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 57

Abstract : The American 'way of war' emphasizes overwhelming force and advanced technology. Unfortunately, these factors may not be decisive in every type of conflict. Information and technology remain tools with limitations that are not fully recognized. Information systems are enhancing command and control as well as target acquisition. However, reliance on these tools limits the opportunity for operational innovation and obscures the use of planning tools. The center of gravity concept is limited by service perceptions and differing definitions. Common understanding of these tools of war would enhance their utility and help the United States fight better in the future.

Descriptors :   *CENTER OF GRAVITY, *COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, *INFORMATION SYSTEMS, *TECHNOLOGY FORECASTING, ELECTRONIC WARFARE, TOOLS, TARGET ACQUISITION, LIMITATIONS, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, CONFLICT, MILITARY PLANNING, PERCEPTION.

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Countermeasures

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE