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Navy's FORCEnet to Play Key Role in Joint Net-Centric Architecture

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO., March 26th, 2004 -- The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command recently launched a coordinated effort with Air Force Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, and the Army Chief Information Officer to identify gaps and overlaps among the parallel efforts, which will tie together Navy's FORCEnet, the Air Force's Command and Control Constellation, and the Army Enterprise Architecture. The Joint effort will establish the architecture and common standards, which will enable horizontal integration across the battlespace. The services are working with Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) and coordinating two separate contract efforts to develop complimentary products that each service will be able to use. The concept is to build the framework jointly vice independently which will increase the interoperability of the systems designed to the Global Information Grid compliant common architecture and standards.

"This effort is geared towards building the architecture that will serve as the foundation for network-centric operations. All three services played a critical role in the creation of this program, helping to fund the expansion of this architecture across all of the services," said Doug Barton, director of network-centric programs for Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems and Solutions. "Achieving Joint interoperability is the main focus for each of the services and this effort takes that vision a step further, creating a common architectural backbone across all of the services." Lockheed Martin leads an industry-wide team that is supporting the architecture development.

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. As the enabling network for achieving SeaPower 21, FORCEnet is the Navy's vision for future network-centric operations. Composability is the key characteristic of FORCEnet, the ability to select "On the Fly" from a vast network, the specific information resources, which are best, suited to solving a particular problem or providing specific information. The FORCEnet architecture is being developed to identify an effective and efficient migration strategy that moves naval programs of record from their current domain to a future Joint Network-Centric Domain. The Air Force and Army have teamed with the Navy to pursue an integrated architecture approach.

Government and industry officials are already working to define the standards and business rules that will govern information exchange across service lines, and are slated to present an initial architecture to a Joint Steering Committee in April. Following the initial design period, the team will implement the new integrated architecture at a simulated time-critical targeting exercise, in which Navy, Army and Air Force systems will work together to prosecute targets in real time. The goal is to accelerate the target prosecution cycle to single digit minutes or less.

Media Contact: Keith Mordoff, 301-240-5706; e-mail, keith.mordoff@lmco.com



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