Naval forces do not have to be engaged in constant communication. Deployed Navy vessels have demonstrated independence of action within coordinated operations for hundreds of years.
Littoral operations, single-purpose ships, and unmanned systems pose a growing set of naval challenges and opportunities that can be exploited through communications stealth and tactical effectiveness.
Network-Optional Warfare (NOW)
Network-Centric Warfare (NCW)
Operational View (OV-1) shows line-of-sight (LOS) optical signaling via Quick Reaction (QR) codes and Digital Flashing Light (DFL).
Only two EM-based lightning bolts!
Overview Resources for NOW
- Network-Optional Warfare: Concepts Exploration and Enabling Technologies slideset (.pdf, also synopsis). Includes thesis research opportunities
- Network-Optional Warfare: Operational Concepts provides an outline list of component concepts of interest plus numerous relevant references.
- Network-Optional Warfare: Information Transfer Considerations analyzes the transition space between always-on NCW and all-off NOW operations.
- Network Optional Warfare: Overview Video (200 MB) produced for the NPS Littoral Operations Center (LOC) inaugural workshop, 24-26 March 2014.
Tactical Opportunities afforded by NOW
Stealth: gain deeper access into battle space, utilize inherent covertness of unmanned systems
Surprise: choose time and place to shift from passive to active use of electromagnetic spectrum
Coherence: formal mission brevity codes are actionable and precise with well-defined semantics
Uncertainty: reduced opponent confidence that force locations are known and attack is unchallenged
Flexibility: tactical commanders decide use of NCW/NOW on per-platform, per-mission basis
Scalability: incremental response using low-cost assets avoids destabilizing high-cost escalation
- Autonomy : loosely coordinated command via Rules of Operation (ROO) and Engagement (ROE)
Don Brutzman, firstname.lastname@example.org voice +1.831.656.2149