U.S. Soldiers from 173rd Cavalry Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron out of Fort Bragg, N.C., meet at a rally point after being air-dropped into the urban operations complex in the Nevada Test and Training Range. (TSgt. Michael R. Holzworth / Nevada)
With the world of C4ISR and defense networks operating beyond Moore’s Law into the territory of Metcalfe’s Law, which says that value is proportional to the number of connected users, there’s never been a greater need for thinkers and doers who understand the value of getting more information into the hands of warfighters.
With that in mind, and with the advice of our Net Defense bloggers and others, we’ve developed a subjective list of leaders in the military and private sector who we believe will greatly influence efforts to meet that challenge in the coming year. We could have easily doubled or tripled the number of names on this list, but that still wouldn’t be enough for one retired three-star general we polled.
“C4ISR needs more champions,” he said. “With sequestration and reduced budgets, all the services are trying to protect what they have and are clinging to paradigms of last century industrial age warfare versus embracing new concepts and capabilities and organizational re-design based on the realities of the information age of which C4ISR is a linchpin.”