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DoD's Force Transformation Director Named to 'Scientific American 50'

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2003 – Arthur K. Cebrowski, director of DoD's Office of Force Transformation, has been named by Scientific American magazine as one of the "Scientific American 50."

The annual list, which recognizes outstanding leadership in technology, appears in the December issue. "Scientific American is in the business of encouraging the progressive use of technology to make a better future for people around the world," said John Rennie, the magazine's editor in chief.

"Every year we watch how certain individuals and organizations play pivotal roles in directing that future's emergence," he noted. "The Scientific American 50 is our chance to shine a light on these incredibly deserving leaders in research, industry and policy."

Cebrowski was named a policy leader in defense because of his work over the last year in the network centric approach to warfare. Network centric warfare is the U.S. military's response to the Information Age by shifting emphasis from platforms like ships, aircraft and tanks, to unleashing the knowledge embedded in robust and distributed networks.

"What we are seeing, in moving from the Industrial Age to the Information Age, is what amounts to a new theory of war," Cebrowski said. "We have come to call that new theory of war network centric warfare. It is not about the network; rather, it is about how wars are fought and how power is developed."

Cebrowski, a retired Navy vice admiral, was named DoD's transformation director in October 2001 after 37 years of active duty. His duties include being the advocate, focal point and catalyst for DoD's transformation efforts. He also evaluates transformation efforts of the military departments and monitors service and joint experimentation programs.

While on active duty, he served as president of the Naval War College and was the Joint Staff director for command, control, communications and computers.

The Scientific American 50 spotlights leaders of the year in areas such as research, business and policy. These leaders are named in categories such as agriculture, chemicals and materials, communications, computing, defense, energy, environment and medical treatments.

Scientific American magazine, according to information on its Web site, is the oldest continuously published magazine in the United States. It has covered developments in science and technology for more than 150 years.

(Based in part on a Scientific American release.)

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