FALL 2018

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PHOTO CREDIT 20 Navy | Fall 2018 "e Navy conducts training in its Navy Combat Training Central Environment (NCTE). "What it does is network together the training facilities all across the country, with some overseas, and allows the Navy to do some live virtual constructive training through this centralized network," continued Clark, who served an o•cer in the submarine service for 25 years. "None of the other services really have a similar thing." e Navy, Clark said, recently conducted such an exercise in which airplanes based at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, Wash., communicated with ground- and shore-based assets via data links. "e network goes through the Internet, for lack of a better term, and connects with training facilities down in San Diego where a guy might be ‡ying a simu- lator in that same mission," Clark said. Ships in port would join the same training network, and put their Aegis Combat System training data — simulated or instructive contacts, for example — into the network. e ‡iers above Whidbey Island, and anyone else involved with the training mission, would have access to the data. Problems are arising, Clark said, because the matrix of assets taking part in a given exercise is not necessarily connected under one umbrella. As such, they do not always function well together — particu- larly when it comes to incorporating the live units into a training event. e process requires a dependence upon links that send data through the radio-frequency spectrum to a ground station, which then is sent to a ground station and again to an Internet- or cyber- based system. "It's not like a complete and uniŽed system that operates in the same way," Clark said. "It's like what you'd expect from any computer system that's been strung together from various component parts over 15 years. ey're looking for solutions to help improve the end-to-end functionality of the LVC networks they have. ey're looking for help in reŽning the standard- ization of di"erent data protocols. ey're also looking for sustainment." Once an LVC contract is issued, the system's owner- MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS ALEX MILLAR Adm. John C. Aquilino, commander of U.S. Paci„c Fleet, and Vice Adm. Rich- ard A. Brown, commander of Naval Surface Forces, observe virtual training scenarios at the Center for Surface Combat Systems Littoral Combat Ship Training Facility onboard Naval Base San Diego. SPECIAL SECTION TRAINING IN THE MODERN NAVY

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