Optimize Network Access at the Tactical Edge with Software Deﬁned Wide Area Networking
Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) is one of the most ambitious programs the DoD has ever undertaken. It’s going to take years to achieve this vision and it’s going to take the combination of currently-available technologies applied to new problems and new technologies to fill gaps.
In this paper, we are attempting to illustrate the current barriers to communication and situational understanding (SA) and orient the reader to tools that are available today to break down these barriers. Today’s warfighter can’t be impaired by a lack of information. The domains of land, sea, air, space, and cyber across our armed forces and coalition partners need to be able to share data rapidly – as close to real-time as possible – connecting the shooter with the information from sensors. Through this we will build a platform for data collection and processing enabling future decisions to be augmented by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) algorithms.
Every house needs a foundation. In the case of JADC2, that foundation is the data fabric for information sharing. A critical piece of that is the wide area networks (WANs) that link disparate organizations, locations, and domains together. Think of this as the thread that weaves the data fabric that will carry JADC2 to success.