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evaluated during Trident Warrior
experiments and subsequently fielded. SPAWAR enhanced the system
last year with additional capabilities.
By providing these myriad capabilities, FORCEnet “is the key
enabler for the ‘ 1,000-Ship Navy,’”
Bachmann said, referring to the
vision of Adm. Mike Mullen, chief
of naval operations, to create a
global picture of maritime activity
shared by partner navies, commercial shippers, port operators and
A major effort of the NNFE, led
by NETWARCOM, is developing
FORCEnet interoperability standards, which will be compatible
with Global Information Grid and
other DoD joint standards. Modeled
after the commercial Internet with
common standards for information
delivery, it is being created by the
Defense Department, NASA and the
intelligence community as a technological “backbone” to provide
“infrastructure and application platforms for network-centric operations and warfare,” according to the
first-quarter 2006 issue of Johns
Hopkins APL Technical Digest.
FORCEnet interoperability standards will enable software developers to design their applications with
the proper interfaces so they can be
plugged into the FORCEnet architectures, or blueprints, without a
The standards are based on the
use of service-oriented architectures, creating a common open-architecture infrastructure on which
new software applications from different developers can be readily
integrated and data can flow freely
between disparate applications.
“We want to get to the position
where we tell the Marines, ‘Don’t
bring your systems onboard, just
bring your software. We’ll load it
for you, we’ll host it, we’ll protect it
and you can use it. And you will
have uninterrupted service,’” Bachmann said.