Network-Centric Operations

Drs. Mark Adkins and John Kruse, are among the early academic contributors to the Network Centric Operations (NCO) concept. They were instrumental in conducting research for the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Force Transformation (OFT). The team was one of the first to complete a case study evaluating the impact of NCO during a war. AK Collaborations completed the case study of Commander Task Force 50 during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2003. Since that initial effort, we have contributed to, and taught modules of the Office of Force Transformation’s conceptual framework and the highly successful Network Centric Operations Short Course over two dozen times in the U.S., Asia, and Europe for defense leaders.

AK Collaborations has varied backgrounds in communication and information systems. Primarily, we have worked to develop improved technologies and processes for organizational collaboration and decision support. For six years we worked with the U.S. Navy, spending days, weeks and months at sea on staffs and with ship’s company. In addition to working with the U.S. Navy, our people have spent time with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army. These experiences have led us to conclude that all too often cognitive and social aspects of transformation are ignored or downplayed in favor of purely technical solutions. Hence the integration of more of this “soft-side” into our customer solutions can give your organizations an edge in today’s networked-enabled environment.

AK Collaborations provides expertise and credibility to help expand Network Centric Operation capabilities. In addition, AK Collaborations will work with the military and private sector on using and developing collaborative technologies to increase situational awareness, facilitate strategic planning, develop courses of action and anti-terrorist/force protection options.