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Power to the Edge: Command and Control in the Information Age and its relevance to the 3rd Generation Republic of Singapore Air Force

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"Power to the Edge: Command and Control in the Information Age and its relevance to the 3rd Generation RSAF" "Power to the Edge" by David S. Alberts and Richard E. Hayes is part of the Information Age Transformation Series of publication by the Command and Control Research Program (CCRP). The CCRP's mission is to improve United States of America (USA), Department of Defense (DoD)'s understanding of the national security implications of the Information Age. CCRP focus on improving both the state of the air and the state of the practice of command and control and assist DoD to take full advantage of the opportunities afforded by emerging technology. With DoD endorsement of this program, it will be most appropriate for the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) to exploit potential concept and recommended practice from this series of publication so as to elevate the RSAF's "Centralized Command and control; Decentralized Execution" concept to the meet the 3rd Generation RSAF command and control concept of operation. INTRODUCTION The event of 11 September 2001, signaled an inflection point between the remnants of the security environment dominated by the symmetrical calculus of the Cold War and the uncertainties and asymmetries of the 21 century security environment. ...read more.


In addition, Industrial Age military will also not suited to fulfill the 2 key force capabilities of the Information Age military, which is Interoperability and agility. DESIRED CHARACTERISTICS OF INFORMATION AGE FORCES With threats posed by non- state actor armed with weapon of mass destruction and disruption, the implication of globalization, the internet and ubiquitous "news" coverage, it is clear that traditional military forces and capabilities alone are not adequate to meet these Information Age security challenges. In order for a traditional military force to transform into an Information Age force, they not only need to process specific mission and task related capabilities, it also must have 2 force level attributes: Interoperability and agility. Interoperability The basic tenets of NCW begin with the existence of a robustly networked force. Such a force can only be achieved if there is a high level of interoperability among the mission participants and the systems that support them. Interoperability, the ability to work together need to simultaneously occur at a number of levels and at various degrees so as to enable entities to communicate, share information and collaborate with each other. ...read more.


The source of power comes from: 1) An improvement in an organization's ability to bring all of its information and all of its assets to bear; 2) The ability to recognize and take advantage of fleeting opportunities. Based on the book research, it is expected that organization that adopt the "Power to the Edge" principle and conduct NCW operation to be more agile and more capable to meet emerging security challenges. CONCLUSION As the RSAF move towards a 3rd Generation force, it is an impetus that we understand the true scope and nature of Information Age transformation. Should the RSAF adopt the "Power to the Edge" policy? This can be farther deliberated and discussed at higher forum. However, it is necessary for the RSAF to understand that the 3rd Generation Information Age RSAF need to be an integrated (i.e. Interoperability) force that can engaged in full spectrum operation seamlessly from peace to war (i.e. Agility). 1 IKC2, a term used in SAF which is similar to Network Centric Warfare (NCW) commonly use in other literature to represent the new frontier of Information Age. 2 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, Joint Pubs. <www.dtic.mil/doctrine/jel/doddict> RESTRICTED 11 RESTRICTED ...read more.

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