We have some new recruits—and they don't get seasick, don't need to eat or sleep, and never go on liberty. They capture events, monitor thresholds, notice anomalous occurrences, meticulously patrol envelopes of acceptability, constantly explore and recommend sensor optimization, highlight mismatched operational assumptions, and more. These new recruits stand watch 24 hours a day, seven days a week, constantly searching for data that might affect the tactical decisions of the war fighter.
Who are these recruits, and where do you find them? They are what industry calls agents, and what I refer to as e-sailors. E-sailors operate "behind the glass": they are software routines embedded in the systems architecture that monitor whatever you tell them to monitor. When something happens that you told them to look for, they take a specified action, and this enables our network-centric undersea warfare (USW) processes to be data, rather than operator, driven.