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, unmanned systems, and single-purpose ships pose a growing set of naval challenges and opportunities. Network-optional warfare (NOW) can be achieved through efficient communications, signaling stealth, and semantic coherence for deliberate tactical messaging.
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 radio frequency (RF) lightning bolts!
Technology enablers of interest 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 when regaining asymmetric advantages.
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 threats are located 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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