New Technology Approaches Can
Solve Complex U.S. Navy Problems
BY CMDR. JAMIE GATEAU, USN (RET.)
C2D2E afloat and
U.S. Navy commanders often struggle to deliver uninterrupted com- munications at sea without the added complications of providing command and control in denied or degraded environments. They face a double whammy of operational and technical hurdles.
Processes for developing concepts of operations are complex, painstaking
and exacting. Although technology sets the boundaries for what is possible,
most of the hard work is decidedly nontechnical. It lies in determining
which signals and messages have priority, which data sources and destinations are critical, and which ones can be relegated—and for how long.
That is not meant to understate the technological obstacles Navy leaders grapple with—hurdles the private sector already has solved. Solutions can be found
in software-defined networking (SDN), network function virtualization (NFV)
and network policy orchestration. These technologies hold the keys to enabling
command and control in a denied or degraded environment (C2D2E) afloat
and enhancing security, mission capability and flexibility ashore.
The Navy has begun to embrace server virtualization and cloud computing for added agility. Afloat, the service is leveraging virtualization to
A U.S. sailor aboard the amphibious assault ship
USS Boxer sets up a virtual server administrator
account during a training course provided by the
Space and Naval Warfare Systems (SPAWAR) Command. The command furnishes fleets with fly-away
network operations support teams that offer tailored, hands-on information technology and information assurance training to maintain command,
control, communications and computers readiness.