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Navy Integrates AI Capabilities Into Shipboard Combat Networks

The U.S. Navy has begun efforts to integrate artificial intelligence capabilities into shipboard warfare networks that work to facilitate communications between littoral combat ships, destroyers, submarines, tactical nodes and shore locations, Scout Warrior reported Wednesday.

The service has started to upgrade the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services system aboard carriers, LCS, destroyers and other combat ships with AI technologies in order to facilitate automation and carry out analytical functions.

“We want to use it not only for defensive sensing of our networks but also for suggesting countermeasures,” Rear Adm. Danelle Barrett, Navy cybersecurity director, said of AI.

“We want to trust a machine and also look at AI in terms of how we use it against adversaries,” Barrett added.

CANES is designed to collect and transmit data from several domains and has nodes that use an automated digital networking platform to establish connection with satellite communication assets through the use of multiband terminals.

The service branch has completed work on more than 50 CANES systems and started to install the platforms aboard carriers, submarines and other combat vessels, the report added.

The Navy awarded five contractors a potential eight-year, $2.5 billion contract in 2014 to build and install CANES systems aboard the service’s fleet of combat ships.

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