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Adm. Michael Gilday: Navy Eyes Four Tests for Network Integration

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Adm. Michael Gilday
Adm. Michael Gilday Chief of Naval Operations

Adm. Michael Gilday, chief of naval operations, said the U.S. Navy plans to conduct four tests to assess its network integration capabilities in 2021, FedScoop reported Wednesday.

The tests will “allow us to bring more networks into that network-of-networks construct,” he said Wednesday at a Center for a New American Security event. “So that’s testing more data on more networks and introducing more battle management aids to put the end-user in a position where they can see the battlespace better.”

Gilday said the tests will enable the service to merge more systems with new applications and combine siloed networks into the “network-of-networks” operation to provide internet of things (IoT)-like capability for the Navy. 

Network integration is one of the four components in the service’s plan to advance the Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) concept. The other three are battle management applications, agile software development and common data standards.

“The reason why this is so important is, first off, we need to maintain decision advantage over the adversary,” Gilday said of the tests.

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