Implementation of a modular Fly away Kits (FLAK) for C4ISR in order to counter asymmetric threats in the coalition riverine and maritime theatres
Hochstedler, Robert A.
Ehlert, James F.
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This research analyzes the design and implementation of a Maritime Command, Control, Computer, and Communications for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) fly away kit (FLAK) in order to combat asymmetric threats in the coalition maritime environment. This FLAK will be modular, adaptable, scalable, and secure end to end, composed of routable networks, and built entirely from commercial off the shelf technologies (COTS). Basing measures of effectiveness (MOE) on the recently published Quadrennial Defense Report (QDR) and the Numbered Fleet Commanders Communication Message, these kits will be tested with the goal of fulfilling thirteen of the fifteen high priority short-falls in the modern United States CIV-MIL and Coalition Forces' abilities to conduct multiple missions in the current brown (riverine), green (littoral), and blue (deep water) operational theatres. The Maritime FLAK will be designed with the intent of increasing the US forward presence and extending the C4ISR into restricted maritime theatres. Since US forces cannot intervene directly into regions like the Straits of Malacca, but can support coalition forces through advisors and technological adaptations, modular solutions to extend C4ISR into these maritime territories are needed. Furthermore, due to the adaptability and scalability of the technologies to be implemented into the maritime FLAK, these completed kits will be able to be used by the recently formed Naval Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) in current operations in the Global War on Terrorism.
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