Tuesday, 30th October 2012
The Transformation of the Armed Forces: the Forza NEC Program
Source: Istituto Affari Internazionali
Information technology (IT) has had, and will continue to have, a deep impact on the defence sector. The most advanced countries, not only the U.S. but also France, Great Britain and Italy, over the past few years have undergone a transormation of their armed forces aimed at exploiting the strategic advantages of IT.
The goal pursued in Europe, and also promoted by NATO, is Network Enabled Capability (NEC). That is combining equipment and soldiers, as well as different doctrinal, procedural, technical and organizational elements, into a single network to obtain their interaction in order to achieve substantial strategic superiority. In practice, this also occurs with a strong, efficient and secure telecommunications network, and through netcentric modernization of armed forces' capability and systems aimed at connecting them to the net.
This research paper analyzes the military netcentric modernization and transformation programs - still in progress - in France, Britain and Italy, with special focus ton the joint program led by the Italian army called "Forza NEC".
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