Forcenet: Face of Naval Warfare to Evolve

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The Chief of Naval Operations and Commandant of the Marine Corps signed the FORCEnet Functional Concept 7 February to focus on exploiting the power of networking decision-makers at all levels, giving naval forces the speed and agility to dramatically improve overall combat effectiveness and mission accomplishment.

FORCEnet capabilities support Sea Power 21 pillars (Sea Basing, Sea Shield, and Sea Strike) with systems and processes for providing effective, networked command and control for Naval forces in the 2015-2020 time frame. The functional concept identifies 15 capabilities that the Navy and Marine Corps will use to build the supporting architecture, doctrine, organization, training and supporting systems.

"We're at the crossroads, the merger of all aspects of FORCEnet," explained V/Adm. James D. McArthur, Naval Network Warfare Command (NETWARCOM) commander. "Success will require aligning the systems, the processes, the acquisition, the programmatics, and the experimentation needed to bring speed to capability."

FORCEnet supports tactical, operational and strategic levels of engagement, along with the associated support to the Sea Power 21 enabling processes of Sea Trial, Sea Enterprise and Sea Warrior. "Enterprise-wide refers to not just the 'trigger pullers' within the Navy and Marine Corps, but also other aspects of the Naval force and throughout the services," said Capt. Rick Simon, deputy director for FORCEnet at NETWARCOM. "This includes supply, medical, meteorology, etc. …