Information - financial, administrative, statistical, technical - is the lifeblood of the modern world. For the Navy's tactical commanders at sea, information can well mean the difference between victory and defeat, life and death.
SSC Pacific is responsible for development of the technology to collect, transmit, process, display and, most critically, manage information essential to successful military operations. The Center develops the capabilities that allow decision-makers of the Navy, and increasingly of the joint services, to carry out their operational missions and protect their forces.
Our business is C4ISR - command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance - providing the information technology resources essential to the U.S. warfighter in today's increasingly complex, increasingly hostile world. In the development of these technologies, we are contributing substantially to the achievement of the future vision of the Department of Defense and particularly of the Navy. Forcefully stated in the Sea Power 21 concept of the Chief of Naval Operations, this vision centers on sea-based operations using "revolutionary information superiority and dispersed, networked force capabilities to deliver unprecedented offensive power, defensive assurance, and operational independence to Joint Force Commanders."
To support the system engineering and integration functions that are key to SSC Pacific's efforts, the command also maintains research programs pushing the state-of-the-art in such diverse fields as atmospheric physics, electro-optics, underwater acoustics, engineering psychology, signal propagation and processing, artificial intelligence, material sciences, microelectronics, chemical oceanography, environmental and biological sciences.
SSC Pacific formal leadership areas, assigned by the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition:
- Command, control and communication systems
- Command, control and communication systems countermeasures
- Ocean surveillance systems
- Command, control and communication modeling and analysis
- Ocean engineering
- Navigation support
- Marine mammals
- Integration of space communication and surveillance
These leadership areas are supplemented and complemented by a set of technology areas in which the Center is significantly involved:
- Ocean and littoral surveillance
- Communications and networking
- Topside design/antennas
- Command systems
- Computer technology
- Navigation and aircraft C3
- Intelligence/surveillance/reconnaissance sensors
- Atmospheric effects assessment
- Environmental quality assessment