A senior Pentagon official called for greater cooperation between the U.S. and partner countries in developing a comprehensive C4ISR architecture, during the Asia Pacific Security Conference (APSEC) here in Singapore this week. “We must share information with partners where appropriate, and we need their help to plug the gaps in coverage,” said Bruce Lemkin, Deputy Undersecretary of the Air Force for International Affairs.
The UK took a step toward airborne network-centric warfare this month when it confirmed that the Tactical Information Exchange Capability (TIEC) would be added to Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 and Harrier GR9 combat aircraft. General Dynamics UK is the key provider of TIEC, which allows ground troops to transmit the coordinates of targets that they have identified into the cockpits of RAF Harrier GR9 and Tornado GR4 aircraft.
“The future of our nation depends on airpower. It is essential to our national security,” said Maj. Gen. Khalid Bin Abdullah Mubarak Al Bu-Ainain, commander of the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defense (AFAD), at the Defense News Middle East Air Chiefs Conference here in Dubai yesterday. “We are driving toward a netcentric future with a desire for effects-based warfare. We want to produce only the effects that are intended.”
It would take a miracle–in fact, two miracles–for network-centric operations (NCO) to become a reality. So says John Allen of the Advanced Technology Office at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA). Many companies in the defense industry claim to offer solutions for NCO, but only a few have demonstrated even minor miracles in the field.