Planning for the Next Net War

April 18, 2003 | Source: Wired News

The Department of Defense is introducing network-centric warfare in Iraq, using “real-time video images to target missiles in flight, wireless PDAs to connect with stateside medical records from the battlefield, and virtual- reality simulations to provide just-in-time delivery of material to front-line troops.”

Future war technologies will include information from sensors reporting such things as the shape of radar waveforms, acoustic signals and seismic analysis, used to immediately notify artillery or armor commanders whether a vehicle or column is friend or foe; detailed holographic images from radar data; and human “shooters” networked with robots to create a more effective, less expensive and faster-moving force in the field.