Gathering, moving and manipulating information is fundamental to maintaining advantage and ensuring decision dominance.
The front line soldier operates in an information domain that ranges from static encyclopaedic data to dynamic weapons engagement data. Today's front line soldier may be engaged on manoeuvres or peacekeeping or warfighting but each operation requires on-demand Global secure information capability to enable him to achieve his objectives.
As smarter weapons are deployed the warfighter's weapons precision and efficiency is enabled by the information network's ability to tie critical information together faster that anyone else.
Information superiority includes the access to applications and services for manoeuvres, engagement, protection and logistics. To achieve full spectrum success requires the interpretation of information to enable dominant manoeuvres, precision engagement, focused logistics and full spectrum protection.
The challenges are significant, particularly with the bandwidth restraints of communication to the soldier in the foxhole, a ship at sea or a combat aircraft operating near the speed of sound. Also, the potential threats of asymmetric information warfare capabilities have raised the bar for security and approved encryption. Additionally, the sources of data are so numerous and frequently in conflict with one another that information availability can rapidly reach proportions that create potential overload.