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Test Environment for FORCEnet Concepts

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The United States Navy is undergoing a rapid transformation in the operations it conducts - the types of enemies it faces, the resources it has to draw upon, the capabilities it can deliver, the manner in which it coordinates with other branches of the armed services, and the organizational structures it uses to bring those new resources and capabilities to bear against a new generation of enemies. To accommodate this rapid transformation, a revolution has been occurring that began with the development of the concept of network-centric warfare NCW. NCW promises to deliver unprecedented operational tempo and situational awareness through networked connectivity. For the Navy, the NCW concept has evolved into the definition of FORCEnet as a future organizing principle. Given this rapid transformation, several questions emerge regarding how best to realize the FORCEnet vision. These questions involve issues such as organizational design, information flow, information filtering, and display technologies. Accordingly, in this report, we describe an effort to develop an integrated testbed to explore FORCEnet concepts and technologies. The testbed is unique in that it serves to unite research on novel FORCEnet architectures with research designed to develop innovative information displays to support network-centric operations. Our intent in this report is to briefly describe this testbed, which will enable future experimentation and validation of emerging concepts.

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  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

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