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Adm. John Richardson: Navy Should Expand Fire-Control Network To Counter Operational Threats

John Richardson
John Richardson

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson has said expanding the U.S. Navy‘s integrated fire control network can help the military service operate in an environment that employs anti-ship cruise missiles, USNI News reported Friday.

Megan Eckstein writes Richardson said he believes a distributed way of operations for carrier strike groups in contested environments is one approach to combat the hostile kill chain.

“We are a global maneuver force, and so that data is highly perishable: as soon as you sense that ship, whether it’s an aircraft carrier or whatever, that’s going to be obsolete data very quickly,” Richardson told the McAleese/Credit Suisse FY 2017 Defense Programs Conference.

Richardson also wants additional sensors and platforms built into the Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air system to improve its resiliency, Eckstein reports.

He also called for the involvement of the underwater community in order to build a resilient network, USNI News reports.

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