Information technology is providing big returns for Navy battle groups, including improved situational awareness across theaters, less maintenance downtime, and the ability to conduct training and debriefings without flying personnel between ships.
Information Technology for the 21st Century (IT21) is far more than just the installation of information technology afloat and ashore. It is a philosophy that the Navy has adopted to facilitate a revolution in military and business affairs. Based on a focused investment in information technology, and enabled by a Navy-Marine Corps intranet, IT-21 will provide end-to-end capability across the Navy's operational spectrum, afloat and ashore. IT-21 is knowledge transfer across a seamless voice, video, and data telecommunication grid. It is more than e-mail—much more.