NAVAIR China Lake Demos eSWA
Story Number: NNS040504-06
Release Date: 5/4/2004 1:12:00 PM
From Naval Air Systems Command China Lake Public Affairs
CHINA LAKE, Calif. (NNS) -- Industry and Navy representatives gathered at China Lake April 28 and 29 to demonstrate the enterprise Strike Warfare Architecture (eSWA), a netcentric approach to strike warfare planning and execution.
eSWA employs commercial products and standards from e-commerce, to accelerate time-critical targeting and allow rapid integration of improved capabilities.
"Simply put, eSWA is applying today's Web technologies to the time-critical-strike process," said Cmdr. Chris "Boris" Becker, eSWA project lead and chief system engineer for Naval Air Systems Command's Naval Mission Planning, Targeting, and Tomahawk Command and Control program.
Traditionally, the dozens of systems that interact during a strike operation have employed unique interfaces and data formats. When one system is changed, each system that interfaces with it must be modified; changes are expensive and engineering-intensive.
"eSWA takes existing functional capabilities and factors them into a strike warfare enterprise, finding new ways to perform the functions within an architecture that relies on commercial interface standards," said Becker.
The eSWA demonstration was conducted in the Integrated Battlespace Arena, the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City, Fla., and the Washington Planning Center at the Washington Navy Yard. During the two-day event, 25 Navy and contractor personnel executed an expeditionary strike scenario designed to show eSWA capabilities.
Industry partners included in the demonstration were BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Solipsys.
"Communication throughout the enterprise is more open, so we can function in parallel, drastically shortening the targeting timeline," explained Ken Koch, an engineer in China Lake's Weapons Engagement Office. "Fielding new capabilities is faster and cheaper with an open-architecture approach because resources can be focused on creating new value, not on integration issues."
Rear Adm. (sel) Joseph F. Kilkenny, OPNAV director of Aviation Plans and Requirements put the significance of the eSWA work in perspective. "Bringing this all together will be important to the Navy and a major effort," he said. "We can not afford to do it twice."
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