The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) developed the Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) to connect the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Space Force into a single network. Rather than dealing with incompatible, separate networks, a central platform of military domains will allow for quicker responses and decisions at critical times. As external threats to data and networks continue to evolve, JADC2’s objective is to seamlessly integrate the military platforms and systems and create a platform that reduces the time needed for collecting, analyzing, and using data for informed decision-making. Flexibility, speed, data sharing, and analytics are four crucial aspects that the DoD needs to achieve the promise of JADC2.
Advanced data platforms can deliver flexibility to JADC2 through unique multi-cluster, shared data architectures. Data sharing can be accommodated for cross-cloud, cross-regional deployment. This provides the accessibility needed to gain data insights globally, despite where the data resides and supports access for the different military branches to share data sets. Regardless of cloud provider accounts, the warfighter can take immediate action with the unified platform to make efficient decisions.
To make actionable decisions faster than adversaries, JADC2 needs the support of secured platforms that rapidly disseminate information. Military forces can better see, hear, and understand their environment by connecting sensors, platforms, and data. Formerly, systems were not developed with interoperability when ingesting sensor data, which leads to bottlenecks in a Joint battle scenario. With increased interoperability, a ground sensor can share critical intelligence with a nearby aircraft, whereas, previously, the information may have lost relevance by the time it reached the aircraft. Platforms provide access to data and the security needed to protect valuable sensor data.
Data sharing is a requirement of JADC2. The cloud supplies the scale and performance for cross-agency, all-domain data sharing. Advanced platforms can outperform traditional applications and data architectures that are too complex, too slow, and too costly by providing a single source of truth for Joint command and control across all domains. These solutions help the network share live data feeds in real-time across the military and push the data to the tactical edge to equip the warfighter for better decision-making.
Advanced data analytics will help JADC2 with future missions by adopting technologies such as machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI). These provide speed and automation for the analysis process. JADC2 can achieve this by continuing to update the platform with information from relevant mission data. Additionally, predictive analytics will allow operations to be re-created and analyzed in preparation for future missions.
These are a few factors that the DoD is working on to support JADC2 and its mission to integrate the military networks into a unified platform. The warfighter must be provided with timely, actionable, and reliable data to make swift, informed decisions for the mission. With JADC2, the DoD supports the military and delivers a decision dominance–empowered network.
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