As the Navy pursues a blueprint for its tactical data network to connect weapons and sensors across the battlefield, the service hopes the structure of its Project Overmatch initiative will help develop requirements for the new effort.
Speaking at a virtual event co-hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the U.S. Naval Institute on Thursday, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfighting Requirements and Capabilities (OPNAV N9) Vice Adm. Jim Kilby pointed to the new Project Overmatch initiative as a way for the Navy to assess its approach to finding common networks and communications to drive naval integration.
For almost two decades, the Navy has worked to link the sensors of its surface combatants and aircraft with guided weapons throughout the fleet to create an expansive tactical battle network. Now, with the Pentagon’s focus on a potential fight in the vast Indo-Pacific region, officials have emphasized the need for all the services to quickly communicate and share information across all platforms and domains.