Being Efficient with Bandwidth
By Lieutenant Commander Steve Debich, Lieutenant Bruce Hill, Captain Scot Miller (Retired), U.S. Navy, and Dr. Don Brutzman
Naval information dominance hinges on three fundamental capabilities: assured command and control (C2), battlespace awareness, and integrated fires. None of these are possible without effective communications links. Networks—and more specifically, the information flowing through them—are now a center of gravity for the Fleet. 1 Maritime tactics and operational plans rely on levels of synchronization only possible through high-bandwidth communications. Satellite communication (SATCOM) is the Fleet’s primary path for high-bandwidth C2. However, afloat units may be denied access due to equipment failure, technical problems, weather phenomenon, or enemy actions, forcing reliance on lower-bandwidth alternatives.