Information Technology, Military Change, and the Role of Simulation

Lofdahl, Corey L


The civilian economy has been transformed by the widespread application of information technology (IT), a development that has not gone unnoticed by the military. Looking at the civilian sector's successes, military leaders naturally wonder if a similar application of IT would produce similar results in transforming the force. Strong opinions have been revealed both for and against the military's widespread adoption of IT. To help in

constructively focusing this debate, simulation is offered as a means to evaluate and test proposed IT applications before their incorporation becomes widespread. To actually accomplish this ambitious goal however, traditional military simulation - which has been dominated by large, general, singular, costly, and disappointing efforts - should be updated with new techniques that have proven themselves to be comparatively circumscribed, focused, varied, efficient, and effective.