Sensor systems are the primary sources of information that is subsequently distributed and understood. Chapter 4 discusses future trends in and technologies for advanced radar and electro-optical sensors. No scientific breakthroughs are needed for improved radar performance, and many improvements will derive from the availability of improved computing elements. A robust commercial airborne and space-based electro-optic sensing capability, described in some detail in Appendix C, is emerging.
With future naval operations becoming critically dependent on information, assurance of the availability, integrity, and confidentiality of that information is vital. In Chapter 5, both the technical and organizational issues involved in achieving assurance and in making information warfare operational are discussed. In Chapter 6, the panel presents its strategy for the Department of the Navy to attain and maintain information superiority over the coming decades, and concludes with 10 specific recommendations.