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Gulf legacy: warfare in the information age

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Adam, J.A. ; IEEE Spectrum, New York, NY, USA

How a worldwide network of satellites, spy planes, computers, and databases united in support of some revolutionary weapons in the Persian Gulf War is described. The nature of and role played by the coalition's information architecture, and its growth and operation, are examined. The system, which loosely fit under what the Pentagon calls command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C/sup 4/I), was so mobile and sprawling and complex-a sort of electronic ecosystem-that it defies succinct explanation. The use of the F-117A stealth aircraft, the Tomahawk cruise missile, and other high-tech weapons is discussed. Functional shortcomings among US forces identified during the conflict are briefly considered.<>

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Spectrum, IEEE  (Volume:28 ,  Issue: 9 )

Date of Publication:

Sept. 1991

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