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Combat Identification

The emerging Navy Big Data architecture enables new distributed capabilities for Combat ID. These new technical capabilities need to be co-evolved with changes in operational thinking, since often combat ID processes are stove piped. Combat ID is notoriously a very difficult function, often more art than science. With the advent of technologically advanced peer competitors, it is essential for the Navy to improve in this area. Big Data techniques appear to allow the distributed acquisition of far more potentially useful information related to the combat ID problem. Being able to fuse disparate sources of crucial combat data and information in real time or near real time in theory means that the reliability, speed, and trustworthiness of combat ID would be improved an order of magnitude. As with all technological breakthroughs, though, aligning the new capabilities to operational processes is a must.
NPS Naval Research Program
NPS Naval Research Program