The concept of information warfare is based on a simple but powerful premise: Connecting sensors and shooters throughout the battlespace helps warfighters carry out their missions more effectively and rapidly, improving the odds of success and saving lives.
The question is how to make those connections. Vice Adm. Arthur K. Cebrowski and John J. Garstka described the vision of what was then known as network-centric warfare in 1998. The ensuing years have generated a proliferation of systems for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR). However, these systems often work in stovepipes, and limit the ability of commanders to develop a more complete picture of the battlespace.
The solution is what is known as Integrated C4ISR through Enterprise Integration.