Network-Enabled Precision Guided Munitions
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL CENTER FOR STRATEGY AND TECHNOLOGY
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Network-centric warfare NCW is changing the way the U.S. military fights and wins wars. Networked technology and new operational concepts enable networked units and individual platforms to operate in ways not possible a few years ago. The goal is to link weapon systems, sensors, and people into a single network in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. To accomplish this goal, DOD is moving toward highly integrated force networks that combine information superiority with advances in technologies for surveillance, communications, and precision weapons. Collectively, the integration of these systems offers the possibility of creating a well-populated global information grid GIG.The GIG is a system of systems consisting of an accessible knowledge base where users may disseminate or retrieve information real-time. Users may connect to the GIG by accessing nodes on the network to collaborate with other warfighters. These nodes consist of sensors, networks and even PGMs. PGMs are an easily overlooked node and, if properly integrated, can add flexibility, speed, and real-time situational awareness to the battlespace. As munitions link directly to the GIG, they become contributors providing in-flight updates prior to warhead detonation. Most importantly, network-enabled PGMs provide a means to fill a documented capability gap against mobile targets. Much research exists concerning NCW and its potential but very little information is available regarding network-enabled weapons. The purpose of this research paper is to discuss how the next generation of air-to-ground weapons may impact network-centric operations. To begin, the paper will briefly discuss how NCW improves battlespace awareness and then examine current PGM capabilities and limitations to use as a framework for further analyzing the benefits of network-enabled weapons. The paper will conclude by offering recommendations to streamline this capability to the warfighter.
- Computer Systems
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- Combat Vehicles