FORCEnet is the operational construct and architectural framework for Naval Warfare in the Information Age which integrates warriors, sensors, networks, command and control, platforms and weapons into a networked, distributed combat force, scalable across the spectrum of conflict from seabed to space and sea to land.
The goal of FORCEnet is to arm US forces with superior knowledge, leading to increased combat power. In pursuit of this goal, FORCEnet will provide a comprehensive network of sensors, analysis tools, and decision aids to support the full array of naval activities, from combat operations to logistics and personnel development. The focused, timely, and accurate data delivered by FORCEnet will help leaders at every level by allowing them to draw on vast amounts of information and share the resultant understanding. This will increase the joint force's ability to synchronize activities throughout the battle space to achieve the greatest impact.
FORCEnet enables the pillars of Sea Strike, Sea Shield, and Sea Basing, as well as the supporting initiatives of Sea Trial, Sea Enterprise and Sea Warrior. FORCEnet is not an acquisition program; rather it is an enterprise alignment and integration initiative to serve as a change agent and an engine for innovation, potentially touching every Naval program.
Admiral Vern Clark, Chief of Naval Operations, and General Michael Hagee, Commandant of the Marine Corps, approved the FORCEnet Functional Concept 07 February 2005, providing critical shared direction, guiding principles, and future capabilities for the Navy and Marine Corps force development command and control efforts. This concept is viewed as a critical step in delivering fast and agile Naval Forces for the future.
The FORCEnet Functional Concept was developed under the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) process; derived directly from the Naval Operating Concept (2015-2020) for Joint Operations and fully supports DON vision of Naval Power 21 and the supporting Service strategies of Sea Power 21 and Marine Corps Strategy 21. The concept describes the power and intent of networking decision-makers and supports warfighting and business enterprises at all levels, from each Sailor/Marine in the field, to the commander of a deployed strike group, to civilians and support contractors ashore, by increasing warfighting capabilities and improving overall combat effectiveness and mission accomplishment through a fully integrated and interactive fighting force.
The value of the FORCEnet Functional Concept lies in its identification of 15 core capabilities that will drive supporting architectures, standards and metrics which will guide subsequent programmatic requirements, each being essential to FORCEnet implementation. The FORCEnet Functional Concept sets in motion a new era for Navy and Marine Corps operations, one where networks will move and share information to provide unprecedented situational awareness, firepower and seamless alignment with joint services and coalition forces. In short, the concept is the naval command and control component of Sea Power 21 and Expeditionary Warfare.
Initially, FORCEnet will establish a network backbone. This will be three integrated networks: the IT-21 (Information Technologies for the 21st Century) network at sea; the Navy Marine Corps Intranet, primarily in the continental United States; and the Base Level Information Infrastructure, the shore-based network outside the United States. The resulting backbone will transport information across the globe.
This initiative is working toward interoperability with the Army's Future Combat Systems, the Air Force's Command and Control Constellation program and the Joint Battle Management Command and Control efforts. Additionally, FORCEnet will integrate sensors, weapons and platforms. It's not enough to network ships. Information must flow to and from all levels of a fighting force, from the seabed to space.
Since its inception, FORCEnet has improved the coordination and consolidation of command, control, communications, computers and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) efforts throughout the naval services. By providing this single point focus for technology and systems development, FORCEnet is allowing designers and war fighters to work in a collaborative environment to affect both the level of connectivity for individual units, and also the flow of information throughout the organization. Furthermore, FORCEnet is the backbone upon which the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Vern Clark's Sea Power 21 vision is built, providing the communication network through which Sea Strike, Sea Shield, and Sea Basing engage the distributed battle space.
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