CONTENTS:- Introduction. History, Inferences and Learning. Levels of Analysis, Trade-Offs, and the Future of War. Command and Control at the Dawn of a Military Revolution. Network-Centric Warfare. Comparison of Organizational Structures. A Military Revolutionary by the Mid-Twenty First Century.
Analysts have heralded the qualitative improvement in military technology, operational concepts, and weapons that transforms the nature and character of warfare as a Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA). However, discussions focusing on military technology too often ignore the role of military organization in improving combat capability. They downplay the difficulties of coordinating many people and offices having specialized roles, and the challenges of calculation, attention, and memory that face individuals making decisions with inadequate or ambiguous information under short deadlines or in stressful situations. Mark Mandeles argues that the key to future combat effectiveness is not in acquiring new technologies but rather in the Defence Department`s institutional and organizational structure and its effect upon incentives to invent, to innovate, and to conduct operations effectively. Doing so requires the military establishment to resist substituting short-term technological gains for effective long-term innovation.