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Military clouds: utilization of cloud computing systems at the battlefield
Author(s): Sarıkürk Süleyman; Karaca Volkan; Kocaman İbrahim; Şirzai Ahmet
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Paper Abstract

Cloud computing is known as a novel information technology (IT) concept, which involves facilitated and rapid access to networks, servers, data saving media, applications and services via Internet with minimum hardware requirements. Use of information systems and technologies at the battlefield is not new. Information superiority is a force multiplier and is crucial to mission success. Recent advances in information systems and technologies provide new means to decision makers and users in order to gain information superiority. These developments in information technologies lead to a new term, which is known as network centric capability. Similar to network centric capable systems, cloud computing systems are operational today. In the near future extensive use of military clouds at the battlefield is predicted. Integrating cloud computing logic to network centric applications will increase the flexibility, cost-effectiveness, efficiency and accessibility of network-centric capabilities. In this paper, cloud computing and network centric capability concepts are defined. Some commercial cloud computing products and applications are mentioned. Network centric capable applications are covered. Cloud computing supported battlefield applications are analyzed. The effects of cloud computing systems on network centric capability and on the information domain in future warfare are discussed. Battlefield opportunities and novelties which might be introduced to network centric capability by cloud computing systems are researched. The role of military clouds in future warfare is proposed in this paper. It was concluded that military clouds will be indispensible components of the future battlefield. Military clouds have the potential of improving network centric capabilities, increasing situational awareness at the battlefield and facilitating the settlement of information superiority.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 May 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8405, Defense Transformation and Net-Centric Systems 2012, 840506 (3 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.919197
Show Author Affiliations
Sarıkürk Süleyman, Air War College (Turkey)
Karaca Volkan, Air War College (Turkey)
Kocaman İbrahim, Air War College (Turkey)
Şirzai Ahmet, Air War College (Turkey)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8405:
Defense Transformation and Net-Centric Systems 2012
Raja Suresh, Editor(s)

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