FORCEnet (U.S. Navy enterprise network) is the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps alignment and integration effort for three major elements: (1) Department of Navy Transformation, Joint Interoperability, and Network Centric Warfare; (2) Innovation, demonstration, testing, and assessment to achieve Chief of Naval Operations’ (CNO) goal of “Speed to Capability”; (3) Operational requirements, architectures, standards, compliance, and oversight of Naval programs to achieve Joint War-fighting capability. FORCEnet is an operational construct composed of multiple different automation systems, network infrastructure systems, and telecommunications systems provided by multiple Navy program offices and contractors. It is not a homogenous network or program; rather it serves as a framework to define the Navy tactical network and to define the policies to support standards development, compliance, and interoperability. FORCEnet connects diverse automation systems that support multiple battlespace functions to include Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR); operational Command and Control (C2); and logistical functions. These systems are connected via multiple transmission systems to include satellite, Line of Sight (LOS) radio systems, and fixed telecommunication infrastructure. The automation systems, network infrastructure, and transmission systems are supported by multiple Navy programs that were acquired and planned in a disjointed fashion resulting in “stovepipes” systems, custom designed for a specific purpose. The systems serve their defined purpose; however, since they were developed in a divergent fashion, sharing data between these systems is a significant technical challenge due to incompatible message formats and protocols. To improve operational efficiency and accelerate the decision cycle, the Navy must bridge the stovepipes and improve data and information interoperability. Compounding this challenge and contributing to the “fog of war” is the vast amount of data that must be processed to convert data to information and eventually to knowledge. FORCEnet and the network operational constructs from the other services such as Constellation C2 (Air Force) and Land WarNet (Army), need to bridge the “stovepipes” and convert the vast amount of data available to any combatant commander to actionable intelligence and enhanced situation awareness.
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- FORCEnet: Official U.S. Navy Website, http://forcenet.navy.mil.
- NESI: Net-centric
Enterprise Solutions for Interoperability,