The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will establish an ad hoc planning committee to conduct an investigation of the changing paradigm of time and knowledge in modern day warfare. The workshops will feature invited presentations and discussions to meet each workshop’s objectives.
- Presenters at the first workshop will identify how the United States Air Force (USAF) adjusted its capabilities—in terms of systems, doctrine, training, etc.—to selected past shifts caused by changes in operational timing. Workshop participants will catalogue what was changed and discuss timing, sequence, effectiveness, limitations, lessons learned, and other attributes of value.
- The second workshop will examine the same past shifts discussed in the first workshop and participants will identify where there is advantage to synchronizing rates of change with the threat/adversaries or when there is an advantage to desynchronize rates of change. Participants will discuss how this may change doctrine and concepts of operations for future Air Force operations and what general lessons may be extracted.
- The third workshop will discuss implications to doctrine, concept of operations, and command and control of recent acceleration of battle space operations, arising from wide-scale digitization, large-scale sensing, and faster technologies (e.g. hypersonics). Participants will attempt to characterize a general framework for adapting to fundamental changes in the “time constants” of conflict.
A proceedings of the presentations and discussions at the workshops will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with institutional guidelines.