For more than two centuries, the U.S. military has practiced a particular style in warfare, which some have called the American Way of War. This method tends to focus on attrition and annihilation. It depends on the creation of material superiority on the battlefield which, in turn, relied on economic advantages relative to adversaries. Today, the return of great power competition centered on the proliferation of advanced military technologies has put in doubt the ability of the U.S. to execute its preferred way of war. If the U.S. is to be successful at deterring conflict and winning wars, its military will have to change both how and with what it will fight. A key aspect of that change is the exploitation of opportunities for distributed sensing across all domains. I have written more on this subject here.
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