Naval forces do not have to be engaged in constant centralized 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!
Technology enablers for NOW include Efficient Messaging, Optical Signaling, and Semantic Coherence, three long-running areas of composable research work.
These references describe tactical techniques, operational concepts, and strategic possibilities that emerge from regaining an asymmetric advantage.
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
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