FAQs 

What is Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I)?

As the Navy successfully executes its role as the world’s premier naval power, PEO C4I is responsible for enabling the communication and connectivity for the warfighters across the world. In order to provide that, PEO C4I provides integrated communication and information technology systems that enable information dominance and the command and control of maritime forces in partnership with Team SPAWAR.

What is a program office?  What do they do?

PEO C4I has 10 program offices responsible for acquiring, fielding and supporting more than 120 communications and information technology programs across Navy, joint and coalition platforms.  This includes managing acquisition programs and projects that cover all C4I disciplines: applications, networks, communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems for afloat platforms and shore commands. 

How do C4I capabilities help the average sailor do his/her job?

The C4I products allow warfighters to have communication superiority; meaning they are able to have awareness of changing events and can safely and securely communicate to each other whether stationed on a ship, submarine, aircraft or ashore.

The United States is in a financial crisis.  What is PEO C4I doing to save the taxpayers’ dollars?

Lowering cost is a critical driver for PEO C4I. In fact, it’s the first goal in our strategic plan. We have four focus areas: work with the fleet to install C4I programs on new ships/submarines, which emphasizes efficient training and operations; work with SPAWAR to streamline responsibilities, which reduces cost; leverage industry partners; and apply Lean Six Sigma practices across all offices. Combined, these efforts allow us to make meaningful savings to our Navy.

What is PEO C4I doing to improve bandwidth on ships at sea?

PMW 170 (Communications Program Office) provides and supports interoperable, cost-effective communications and GPS navigation. Its satellite communications strategy is to reduce from five terminals to two:

  1. Commercial Broadband Satellite Program (CBSP)
  2. Navy Multiband Terminal (NMT)

As the Navy reduces from five SATCOM terminal Programs of Record to two, it will allow the Navy to take advantage of newer technology and reduce overall lifecycle costs.


CBSP is the Navy’s next generation commercial satellite communications program. It will provide terminals and bandwidth to augment Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) to increase throughput for ships at sea.


NMT will replace the Navy EHF satellite program terminals and wideband legacy terminals currently installed on afloat and shore units and will provide Navy users with a four-fold increase in bandwidth.  NMT will provide deployed Naval commanders with assured access to secure, protected command and control, communications capabilities to support their missions.


Navy ships currently will see an increase in available bandwidth comparable to that experienced by home computer users who transition from dial-up to DSL or cable modem connectivity.  Increased throughput will enable ships to transmit voice, video, and data faster and in greater volume, providing increased connectivity for sailors to participate in online training courses, manage their bills and communicate with family and friends at home.

Updated: 5/6/2011 1:20 AM EST   Published (2.0)