Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday said the U.S. Navy intends to deploy a distributed network of sensors and weapons in an effort to fortify defenses against Chinese threats, Defense News reported Thursday.
Gilday noted during a previous event that the service branch needs to work with the U.S. Air Force to ensure that the former’s assets collaborate effectively with the latter’s aircraft.
Last month, Gilday entered into an informal agreement with Air Force Chief of Staff and former Wash100 awardee Gen. David Goldfein to create a Joint All Domain Command and Control network based on the Navy’s integrated fire network.
“I think the biggest challenge for us is to join all the main command and control,” said Gilday. According to the CNO, the Navy is working to establish an adequate network of weapons, platforms and C2 nodes.
The Navy plans to include unmanned platforms and aircraft such as the E-2D Hawkeye in the proposed intra-service network.