Tomorrow's Smarter, Connected Navy

Networking technology is the basis for many potential new weapons systems, especially given the imperatives of in-shore combat

Give the Navy credit for pioneering the concept of network-centric warfare (see BW Online, 1/7/03, "The Network Is the Battlefield"). Its roots hark back to the late 1970s, when some prescient Navy researchers realized that then-emerging computer and communications technologies might provide a better means of coordinating all the ships in a battle group. That has always been a daunting task, considering that a naval battle group can consist of dozens of ships spread over hundreds of square miles of ocean.

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