Looks like the "shock and awe" campaign in Iraq is not so awesome after all. The top-down data network communication that was going to be so devastating seems to be lost in a quagmire of missed connections. According to a report from the Army War College:
"There is a connectivity gap. Information is not reaching the lowest levels."On the other hand, the Iraqi insurgents, with their peer-to-peer network consisting of cellphones and ad hoc e-mail connections, seem to be able to communicate easier than the US forces with their cumbersome infrastructure. Mission accomplished? Yeah, right.
Winning (and Losing) the First Wired War [Popular Science]