The best operations are often the most simple, but this is the story of an operation that’s not so simple. The one depicted here is fictional and involves multiple systems, platforms, services, combatant commands, and nations. In reality, it could be accomplished with a big-deck amphibious ship, but we did not include an amphibious ready group (ARG) presence to illustrate that operations may one day have to be accomplished with ad hoc teams, using the assets available, and conducting mission planning and execution on the fly. This scenario presents a vision of a command-and-control environment that is not possible today, but could be in the not-too-distant future with the adoption of a common architecture: the unmanned aircraft systems command segment (UCS) architecture and its maritime implementation, the Navy common control system (CCS).
Getting and Staying Connected
In the future, interoperable systems could assure mission success in dynamic situations.
By Captain Edward Lundquist and Captain Larry Osborn, U.S. Navy (Retired)