Pentagon moves forward with Joint Joint Command and Control


Technology. sergeant. Matthew Spittler, right, and Senior Airman Tyler Trocano, center, await extraction with Sgt. 1st Class Steven Sparks of 2nd Platoon, Charlie Troop, Team 2-2, 1st Battalion, 126th Cavalry Regiment, Michigan National Guard, Dowagiac, Michigan on an Illinois National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter. The training took place during Operation Northern Strike 2014 near Grayling, Mich., Aug. 11, 2014. (Air National Guard photo by Sgt. Scott Thompson)

The Pentagon is moving forward with Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2), the plan to enable the joint force to quickly sort through the array of information on the battlefield. This involves facilitating the use of data provided by automation, artificial intelligence (AI), predictive analytics and machine learning (ML) through a network environment that is both sophisticated and capable of withstanding challenges.

“We must maintain continued focus and momentum on those initiatives and programs, which enhance the department’s capabilities to deal with current and future threats,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks said in unveiling the plan. implementation at the beginning of the month. “Command and control in an increasingly information-driven combat environment has never been more critical.”

Hicks said JADC2 will provide capabilities for rapid and accurate responses for now and in the years to come.

“It’s about dramatically increasing the speed of information sharing and decision-making in a contested environment to ensure that we can rapidly bring to bear all of our capabilities to deal with specific threats,” said Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley.

Although most details about JADC2 are classified, Pentagon officials believe it will greatly improve information sharing and interoperability.

General: “Do not computerize the management of battles”

As the Air Force’s role in the Joint All-Doman Command and Control (JADC2) scenario, service chiefs say humans — not algorithms — would still be in charge.

“We don’t computerize battle management,” the brigadier said. Gen. Jeffery D. Valenzia, the service’s Advanced Combat Management System (ABMS) team leader, said during a panel discussion at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando earlier in the month. “In fact, battle management is essential – that we have a man in the loop and part of that process – to take the data, the information, and turn it into knowledge and direct action if we are to win.”

Still, Valenzia said the algorithms would significantly help human operators make more decisions, faster. For the process to be successful, he said, these operators must be comfortable with the machines they will be using.

“I do not need [battle managers] call every shot in execution,” Valenzia said. “I need them to hand it over to a control node that has the tools and ability to direct that action to fulfill that intent.”

The panel, moderated by Valenzia, included industry representatives.

“If the system is sensing the environment, wouldn’t a fight manager want to know?” said Ron Fehlen, who manages broadband communications systems for L3 Harris Technologies.

“When [a system] in the hands of the operator, they will find a way to use this product, this platform, this software that engineers never imagined,” said James Dorrell, vice president of ABMS at Lockheed Martin Corp. .

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