Understand First
  • Information will be fused at the commander’s level to avoid information overload and enable complete situational understanding.

  • Automated event-tracking capability will alert commanders to deviations from the operations plan or to unanticipated exigencies.

  • Commanders will be provided state-of-the-art collaborative, distributed, real-time decision aids to facilitate informed decisions.

  • Computer systems will be designed to enable individual soldiers to be recognized by any system and to be uniquely identified with appropriate rank, priority, and information needs.

  • The FFW will be integrated, interoperable, and interfaced with the unit of action systems and is capable of independent operations with joint assets and firepower.

  • The FFW will have command and control of organic tactical mobile robots and can interface with Future Combat Systems (FCS) robotic platforms.

Act First
  • The operations plan will be continuously updated with inputs from higher and lower echelons as events unfold.

  • The command post will be wherever the commander is located, be that location mounted, dismounted, or airborne.

  • Changes in leadership on the battlefield will be automatically accommodated on the fly to ensure continuity of command.

  • Automated synchronization of maneuver, firepower, and reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition (RSTA) will be provided.

  • Ad hoc sensor-command-shooter links will be automatically or semi-automatically established to maximize effective firepower.

Ensure Reliability
  • Computer hardware will be robust and rugged for operations in the field.

  • Computer system components will be modular for easy and rapid repairs in the field or for upgrades.

  • Computers will be protected against hostile penetration with advanced firewalls and other security systems.

  • Software applications will be robust and flexible to accommodate interruptions in network services and changes in data rates without crashing.

  • Software will be readily serviced or upgraded in the field via the information network, without on-site technicians.



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