Accession Number:

ADA465175

Title:

Positioning, Navigation and Timing: The Foundation of Command and Control

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

UNITED STATES ARMY COMMAND AND CONTROL DIRECTORATE (CERDEC) FORT MONMOUTH NJ

Report Date:

2004-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

30.0

Abstract:

A major tenet of Network Centric Warfare is Information Dominance. The accuracy and availability of position information directly affects operational effectiveness. The traditional role of positioning was for own ship pilotage. That is, can I get from Point A to Point B The evolving role of positioning is as a shared resource to establish nearperfect Situation Awareness SA to enhance Command and Control C2. C2 systems such as the Army Battle Command Systems ABCS rely on digitized position reports from all platforms on the battlefield. The predominate source of that position data is the NAVSTAR Global Positioning System GPS. GPS provides a common consistent coordinate reference. GPS accuracy does not degrade with time or distance traveled as self-contained navigation units, e.g. Inertial Navigation Units INU or Doppler Radar Navigation Sets. In addition, GPS receivers are significantly less expensive to integrate, operate and maintain than INUs or Dopplers. GPS has vulnerabilities to Electro-Magnetic Interference EMI and satellite signal blockage. Technology initiatives are concentrating on investigating sophisticated integration techniques for combining externally-aided and self-contained navigation systems. This paper addresses the relationship of navigation systems to command and control systems and recentnew technology initiatives to improve the robustness of position information.

Subject Categories:

  • Navigation and Guidance
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE