a reply to: nwtrucker
All "the cloud" is, in normal parlance, is a collection of known data, stored in cyberspace.
If we are to assume that the military cloud is essentially the martial version of that, then no, it would not negate stealth necessarily.
If a unit whose data is being shared with the Combat Cloud were to lay eyes on a target that was not showing up on radar or on other spectra of
observation, then the only available data about that target would be that it was over co-ordinate x at time y, heading in z direction. Only when a
single aircraft, ground station, or other monitoring apparatus were to actually attain a lock or track on the target, and that data be shared to the
Combat Cloud, would any stealth capabilities it might have had, be even remotely negated.
The Combat Cloud is not even a new concept, just an expansion of an old one. Do you remember the Landwarrior system? It was a computerised system
which offered the soldier on the ground instant access to realtime data about the precise location of his own units various members, other friendly
units, and any enemy units being tracked by satellites, recon aircraft, intelligence assets on the ground, and other means. Essentially, it gave men
on the ground access to the sort of data that only command elements used to have access to, and allowed ground troops to make better tactical choices
based on the information provided. It also allowed gun cam footage to be shared amongst units, or sent right back to whatever central command
structure was present.
It also allowed for rapid communication between members of a squad, via text rather than verbal commands, which has obvious strategic advantages,
especially in a scenario where any element of stealth and subterfuge is required.
Now, this Combat Cloud maguffin seems impressive, and if it allows for data to be shared between disparate elements of a military force, air force,
army, navy, intelligence, then that will be a major change in the way that information is distributed about military matters. Compartmentalisation
would be rather difficult, and mission security will be harder to maintain if the Combat Cloud is not compartmentalised in and of itself. I would
imagine therefore, that it either comes set up to limit each unit members access to non mission critical information, or that it can be set that way
by command, depending on the needs of the mission underway.