A proposed fire support communication architecture for extending the littoral battlespace (ELB) Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) '01
Kish, Scott J.
Mansfield, Shawn E.
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Extending the littoral battlespace (ELB) is vital to the United States Navy and Marine Corps. Fast, accurate, and reliable fire support will continue to be essential to the execution of Operational Maneuver From The Sea (OMFTS) and Ship To Objective Maneuver (STOM). The emergence of new technology has made these concepts possible. Technology will allow Marines to reach their objectives faster and farther then ever before. Information gathering, dissemination, and targeting will be key factors to the success of these new concepts. The development of low earth orbiting satellites that provide a seamless command, control, communications and intelligence (C4I) network will be necessary for ELB. This network will provide worldwide coverage, emphasize light forces with the ability to connect to larger forces and have a near zero footprint. The emerging communication architectures must have the capacity for voice, data, and video handling from high to narrow bandwidth. Developing a light communications architecture that supports these emerging concepts will allow ELB to be responsive for joint operations in the twenty-first century.