The U.S. Army’s Futures Command is sponsoring a long-term exercise in testing new warfighting concepts called Project Convergence. Although often characterized as a sensor-to-shooter project it is really much broader, in effect heralding the return of military transformation. Military transformation originated at the turn of the century as a melding on new information technologies with joint teamwork, but then was aborted by the global war on terror. Now it is back with a similar focus, but more powerful technologies. In Project Convergence, the Army seeks nothing less than to lift the fog of war by connecting all the sensors in the joint arsenal to its warfighters via an “all domain” network. Combatant commanders would be able to optimize responses to threats by making informed decisions faster than enemies can act. This requires a robust, resilient network for sharing large volumes of data in a timely fashion, but as long as the other services cooperate, the Army thinks it has found a future that works for the entire joint force. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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