"Five years ago, U.S. Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Michael Mullen, unveiled the concept of the 'Thousand-Ship Navy' as a new taxonomy for international naval cooperation. Embraced by the George W. Bush administration and renamed[,] the Global Maritime Partnership (GMP) Initiative [...] was rapidly embraced by the community of nations as a way to secure the global commons. In the ensuing four years this concept has become a new international norm and the sine qua non for international naval cooperation. But as international navies have gained experience operating together across a wide spectrum of operations from conflict to humanitarian efforts, they have also found that the networking challenges have been daunting and these C4ISR [Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance] challenges have impeded effective maritime partnering. This paper will address the way C4ISR challenges manifest today as navies unite in a GMP. It will also describe how lessons learned from past networking and coalition efforts can inform global security efforts today. We will share the results of a beta-test among the five AUSCANNZUKUS [Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States] nations, currently entering its eighth year, which provides one example of how to address these C4ISR these challenges by harmonizing international naval C4ISR acquisition efforts."
Stephanie Hszieh, George Galdorisi and Mary Chrysler
Command and Control Research Program: http://www.dodccrp-test.org/
16th International Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium (ICCRTS): 'Collective C2 in Multinational Civil-Military Operations.' Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. June 21-23, 2011