As an equal player in the joint task force, the submarine force is working to improve its connectivity.
Since joining our Navy nearly 100 years ago, U.S. submarines have been warships whose operations have been as mysterious as the oceans in which they rule. They have been transformed from short-duration submersibles to Fleet scouts to major naval combatants. Over this same period, submarines and submariners earned the title of "the Silent Service," because of the independence and operational autonomy made necessary by their assigned role. Today, their missions in support of joint forces have dawned an era of rapidly growing communications requirements, and submarines have left communications silence in their wake.
"Joint Vision 2010" and "Forward . . . from the Sea" define a future in which submarines must be linked as equal players with joint forces through common operating pictures. A submarine's connectivity with the joint task force commander, therefore, must be on par with other platforms in the force.