SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific)

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) seeks to provide the joint warfighter with the technology to collect, process, display and transfer information critical to mission execution. This management of information involves a multitude of efforts, and at any time there are approximately 1,000 programs, large and small, being pursued by the Center. These programs contribute to fulfillment of the Center's vision:

To be the Nation's pre-eminent provider of integrated
C4ISR tools for warrior information dominance.

Representative examples of those programs, loosely grouped into seven Corporate Imperatives that describe the functional view the Center seeks in fulfilling its vision, are:

Focused Sensing and Data Acquisition

In this imperative, "sensing" implies gathering data about the physical and the cyber world through photographic, human, electromagnetic, acoustic/seismic, olfactory or other means. It might be based on national or strategic systems, including satellites and aircraft, and on deployed or dispersed tactical probes or sensor fields. It would include tactical systems fielded on ships, aircraft or unmanned vehicles.

The concept of "focused" sensing implies concentration on things of interest while avoiding the fire-hose effect of overwhelming data. Focusing narrows the scope in one or more of the aspects of location, time or type, where type refers to the event, features or elements to be reported.

  • TRAP Data Dissemination System (TDDS)
  • Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System/Low Frequency Active (SURTASS/LFA)
  • Deployable Autonomous Distributed System
  • Advanced Deployable System

Dynamic Interoperable Connectivity

The system must support rapid user access to all other relevant users and information sources required to carry out missions and functions. Such connectivity must be dynamic, accommodating changing real-time needs of the user and changes in the environment. Users must be able to establish single-user or group connections easily, adding or deleting members as needed. The connectivity must be interoperable for joint, allied and coalition operations; diverse for connectivity to shore bases and platforms afloat, ashore and airborne; and charcterized by multi-level security and economy.

  • Joint Tactical Information Distribution System
  • UHF, SHF and EHF Satellite Communications
  • Submarine Communications
  • Antenna Development

Universal Information Access

The warfighter requires access to the right information at the right time, wherever he is. This imperative addresses ways to meet user information needs at all levels. Warriors must be able to access the universe of information without the need for undue technical skills. The key concepts supporting this imperative are "user pull," including such technologies as commercial Internet browsers and intelligent agents, and "producer push," illustrated by the concept of the Anchor desk to control and disseminate the flow of specialized information supporting the user.

  • Command Center Technology
  • Command Center of the Future
  • Information Operations Center of the Future
  • Joint Tactical Information Distribution System

Information Operations/Assurance

The reliance of the United States on information technology makes information systems an attractive target for potential enemies, terrorists, and hackers. Information systems are vulnerable. Increasingly, potential adversariers can attack information within databases, computers, communication links and sensors. For dominance in the information domain, we must protect our own information resources.

  • Intrusion, Detection, Assessment and Recovery program
  • Information Operations Center of the Future
  • Automated Information Systems Security Assist Team

Consistent Situation Representation

The Network Centric Environment provides both the information and its distribution to create a picture of the battlespace. It requires ensuring the picture is consistent patially, temporarily, content-wise, and that it is accurate at all viewing levels. Information is processed, fused and presented to form an understanding of events, trends and intentions to provide this representation. This contributes to the operator's knowledge of the battlespace.

  • Global Command and Control System - Maritime
  • Tactical Cryptologic Systems
  • NAVSTAR Global Positioning System
  • Ocean Survey Systems
  • Navigation Sensor System Interface

Distributed Collaboration

In the increasingly joint arena, warfighters of all the services must be able to work together to execute a common mission, whether it is tactical or related to operations other than war. The ability to plan and work collaboratively, without disruptive geographical movement of decision-makers, is critical to this process. Distributed collaboration provides tools to support geographically dispersed users in conducting on-line planning, coordination and synchronized execution. These tools facilitate interoperability, analysis, and planning. Collaboration enables groups to coordinate unique, individual abilities for collective problem solving or plan development. Effective collaboration produces an enhanced product by sharing information among distributed users. In C4ISR, collaboration is essential for clear understanding of the commander's intent. It assists in effective decision processes, operational planning and execution. Collaboratrion tools must allow interactions at whatever command levels, job functions, organizational locations and other characteristics are required to achieve the collaboration objectives.

  • Automated Digital Network System

Resource Planning and Management

Resource limitation is common to all military forces. Often, mission success or failure hinges on effective use of available resources. Examples of resource management functions include collection management, dynamic spectrum management and data/information management. When the resources are people, weapons and platforms, real-time resource management amounts essentially to tactics. But effective use of C4ISR-related resources also directly impact missison performance. Tools and processes that allow these resources to be used to their best advantage are a C4ISR imperative.

  • Multi-Modal Watch Station
  • Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC) Systems

In addition to the programs directly supporting the Corporate Imperatives, there are other important programs under the Center's cognizance, including efforts in robotics, environmental science and marine mammals.

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Updated: 2/2/2011 6:45 PM EST   Published (1.0)