It seems that the Democratic approach of DoD network management is data, protocol, and IA standards. Some might argue that while that allows local control, operational customization, i.e. freedom, that we are setting ourselves up for true, agile transformation, modernization troubles? Interoperability and situational awareness are always taking a hit in after-action observations. Is it possible this freedom causes our greatest weaknesses? Is Network Operations an appropriate place for Democratic governing/management?