Net-centric data analysis gap widens

Net-centric data analysis gap widens

Command, control and intelligence constitute a weapons system against 'a global, networked enemy that wears no uniform,' Lt. Gen. Robert W. Wagner told an interoperability conference in Washington today.

But network-centric data gathering has led to a big shortfall in data analysis, Wagner said at the conference, sponsored by the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement of Little Falls, N.J.

'How do you analyze 600 target hits overnight and tell your commander what's happening?' he asked. 'With precision munitions, you need a picture to prove the hits. It's changing the mindset about how we see and sense.'

Wagner, deputy head of the Joint Forces Command, said the military 'meeting chain' is giving way to spread-out defense and intelligence communities that collaborate and make decisions by instant chat.

As U.S. and allied forces begin to share more data and merge their training exercises, an exchange of officers and senior noncommissioned personnel among the various service branches is improving joint readiness without an increase in personnel, he said. 'No matter where you're at, you're participating in the same event,' Wagner said of the Joint National Training Capability [see GCN coveragehere ].

'Merge 180 systems into one? That's never going to happen,' he said. 'It's all about the data. Rank becomes less important, having the information becomes more important. There's nothing in a war fight that's not worth sharing. We're eliminating layers'we're doing it right now.'

Bandwidth will always be limited, he said, so 'we need more compression.' Other urgent needs are a single, integrated air picture, better tools for collaboration and configuration management, and nonproprietary interfaces.

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