forces and elevate information superiority to a warfare area. The panel recommends that the Department of the Navy:

  1. Establish and treat information superiority as a warfare area. Provide a mechanism for coordinating all Navy Department command, control, communications, computing, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) resources, requirements, and planning, giving due consideration to the evolving missions for naval forces and to current and future capabilities of ISR performed by other Services and agencies. If established, such an area could greatly enhance the capability of joint operations with other services.

  2. Encourage information superiority careers. Educate all officers, regular and reserve, about information technologies, resources, and systems needed to support future Navy and Marine Corps operations; define a cadre of specialists; and identify a career path to flag/general officer rank.

  3. Adopt commercial information technology, systems, and services wherever possible. Develop technologies only for special Navy and Marine Corps needs such as low-probability-of-intercept communications and connectivity to submerged platforms.

  4. Modernize information systems and services aggressively. Strive to involve operational users, research commands, and acquisition organizations in a cohesive relationship that allows the continued rapid insertion of advanced information systems for use by Navy and Marine Corps forces.

  5. Focus information infrastructure R&D. Make integration of diverse commercial services and DOD-unique links a primary focus of information infrastructure and network research and development.

  6. Manage data sources. Establish a clear policy designating responsibility in the Navy Department for identifying, organizing, classifying, and assuring all relevant information sources that permit information extraction and communication from multiple remote locations. Invest in research on and development of tools and techniques to facilitate this shared information environment.

  7. Extract relevant information and knowledge. Adopt commercial data-mining technology for naval applications and pursue a theory of information understanding and apply it to target recognition.

  8. Exploit commercial sensing. Consider commercial space-based imaging systems and tools for exploiting them, as well as mechanisms for distributing data, in support of naval applications.

  9. Exploit National and joint sensors. Provide online/direct connectivity to naval platforms and Marine Corps units to support long-range and precision-guided munitions.

  10. Make information warfare operational. Integrate defense and offense and develop needed technology, systems, tactics, tools, and intelligence support.

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