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Navy Cooperative Engagement Architecture. Volume I - Working Group Final Report.
SPACE AND NAVAL WARFARE SYSTEMS COMMAND WASHINGTON DC
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In recent years it has become increasingly obvious that no single sensor or weapon, acting alone or even in a coordinated effort with others, will be sufficient to deal effectively with the emerging threat potential of the late Twentieth and early Twenty-first Century. This is true in all Warfare Mission Areas, but particularly when addressing the potential AAW and ASW threats of a major world power. It appears to be equally true for encounters with Third World countries in LICCALOW, anti-terrorist and anti-drug operations. During the past ten years a small number of efforts have been initiated to address these issues through a concept loosely termed Cooperative Engagement CE. While the genesis of the term Cooperative Engagement is somewhat obscure, it is most likely attributable to the Aegis BGAAWC concept developed in the late 70s. The concept has been expanded upon in the intervening years through various efforts, including that of the A3ES working group in 1989, continuing initiatives in the BGAAWC program, and the current CE working group. One might well ask, why cooperative engagement CE The answer to that question is directly related to the estimated threat in the 21st century. The threat in terms of sophistication, diversity, and number of potential adversaries makes it imperative for U.S. Forces to look toward innovative ways to leverage basic capabilities, both now and in the future. The cooperative engagement initiative is an attempt to overcome stand-alone sensor and weapon system limitations, especially when targets employ both flight profile and multi-spectral stealth measures of signature control. Moreover, changing technologies and emerging third-world capabilities present reduced response times, implying the need for a realtime surveillance and response capability available to the force at all times.
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