SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (VCJCS), the Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO), and other service Vice Chiefs met with Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) and Undersea Warfighting Development Center (UWDC) top leaders April 7, to discuss key areas of competitive advantage the Navy is bringing to the joint fight.
During the visit, the group toured Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific (NIWC Pacific), the principle research arm of NAVWAR, where engineering experts demonstrated state-of-the-art developments in support of delivering a more lethal, better-connected fleet of the future.
“The teams working at the Navy’s warfighting centers are injecting velocity into the process of integrating new technology into naval operations,” said VCNO Adm. Bill Lescher. “The iterative feedback approach between operators, industry and Navy developers is enabling us to rapidly refine and integrate emerging technology, and to inform development of new concepts of operation and tactics and procedures.”
Focused on urgent warfighter needs, NAVWAR Commander Rear Adm. Doug Small provided visiting principals with an update on Project Overmatch, a high priority initiative aimed at connecting platforms, weapons, and sensors in a robust Naval Operational Architecture that integrates with Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2).
Project Overmatch will develop the networks, infrastructure, data architectures, and analytic tools to connect manned and unmanned distributed forces and enable the delivery of synchronized effects from every axis and every domain.
To be successful in this endeavor, the Project Overmatch Team is working across System Commands, Warfare Centers, the other armed services as well as a consortium of industry expertise, both defense, and commercial, to effectively exploit modern innovations like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and information and networking technologies for improved force readiness worldwide.
“I take my role leading the Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) seriously,” said VCJCS Gen. John Hyten. “Developing capabilities swiftly that will enable the Joint Force to maintain a decisive advantage over adversaries is critically important. The work the Navy is doing here at NAVWAR, NIWC Pacific and the UWDC is making the Joint Force stronger and our nation safer.”
NAVWAR identifies, develops, delivers and sustains information warfighting capabilities and services that enable naval, joint, coalition and other national missions operating in warfighting domains from seabed to space and through cyberspace. NAVWAR consists of more than 11,000 civilian, active duty and reserve professionals located around the world.