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.
Ouch. Even the geeks are displeased. In other news about overhyped technolgy, you probably don't need a five-bladed razor.