"To prepare for Fourth Generation Undersea Warfare, the U.S. Navy must to embrace emerging technologies that are adaptable in the challenging degraded undersea environment. Given the rapid emergence of cutting-edge technologies in undersea vehicles and sensors, the full potential of these technologies to provide information dominance (ID) will not be realized unless undersea connectivity issues are given the same priority as the vehicles and sensors themselves. Said another way, failure to establish an effective [command and control] C2 architecture in this degraded and austere environment will be a de facto surrender to the adversary's attempts to deny access. One way the U.S. Navy has moved forward to address this issue is by changing the programmatic organization that supports this vehicle and sensor integration. As Executive Agent for the Navy's undersea connectivity efforts, [Undersea Integration Program Office] PMW-770 has developed an Undersea Connectivity Roadmap (UCR) to instantiate C2 and define ways in which vehicles, sensors, and communications networks can seamlessly work together to deliver ID to the undersea warfighter. Our paper demonstrates how the UCR provides the C2 framework for technological developments in the area and how the Navy can turn an otherwise under-developed and degraded operating environment into one where our forces have ID over all potential adversaries."
Miguel San Pedro, Eric Hendricks, Amanda George, George Galdorisi and LorRaine Duffy
Command and Control Research Program: http://www.dodccrp-test.org/
18th International Command & Control Research & Technology Symposium (ICCRTS). Alexandria, VA, June 19-21, 2013