The U.S. Navy is attempting to install identical information technology architectures on its ships, moving away from an approach that had as many as five basic network architectures, Rear Adm. Jerry Burroughs told Federal News Radio.
Burroughs, the Navy’s C4I program executive officer (command, control, communications, computers and intelligence), said each ship had its own customized IT setup within those architectures.
Initially, the Navy will install the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services network on 23 ships with plans to have 190 ships outfitted with CANES by 2020, Jared Serbu reports.
Capt. D.J. LeGoff, program manager for CANES, told Federal News Radio the Navy will conduct full and open competitions at regular intervals to produce the system and the government will own the plans and data rights.
Updates to hardware and software will be required every two-to-three years, Serbu writes.