bal communications, transportation, and power infrastructures but also is an important source of economic growth via the creation of new commercial endeavors.

Finding 2-7. Recent network research is leading to new and growing businesses.

In summary, human understanding of networks has the potential to play a vital role in the 21st century, which is witnessing the rise of the Connected Age. There is an enormous demand for information on how to design and operate large global networks in a robust, stable, and secure fashion. In subsequent chapters, the committee discusses the dearth of fundamental scientific knowledge that would ensure that outcome. In Chapter 3, the committee looks at the use of networks in the military, and the special attention given in the statement of task to their role in network-centric warfare.

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