Shock and Aww: Wired War in Iraq is a Flop

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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.

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