As it stands, smaller Navy platforms often struggle with the amount of bandwidth, or internet connectivity, they have available at any time. This problem is going to increase as new system designs, like FoPMS, create additional demands on that limited bandwidth. Also, these new demands often outpace the growth of the bandwidth for most platforms. Since FoPMS is a Navy-wide program, there are other units that have bandwidth challenges too like submerged submarines and forward-deployed Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) units. These units are often in locations that may limit the use of internet connectivity. Additionally, the latest Cybersecurity threats also challenge our ability to have continuous virtual communication. We need to plan for a disconnected capability that enables PMS support while our expeditionary warfighters are on missions that require them to operate offline.
The FoPMS approach will maximize the benefits of internet connectivity when it is available and to always allow for the applications to run locally without internet connection. When the communications pipeline is open and available, the FoPMS system will upload the latest PMS status updates and feedback reports, while automatically downloading the latest PMS logistics documents and updates. However, when the communications are not available, the local server will continue to provide the essential PMS applications without the Sailor needing to know that the operational mode has changed. Think of it like you would your email. You don’t have to be connected to draft emails, read emails or access downloaded files, but once you’re connected, your email system is smart enough to send everything and update your inbox. That’s what FoPMS will do for updating items like PMS documents, metrics, shore-side reports and other PMS applications.
The Future of PMS will provide automatic Force Revision updating capability to SKED via the internet, eliminating the manual DVD process used today. Automatic updating through the internet will also ease the burden of having to apply Force Revisions to onboard equipment and identifying applicable PMS changes to virtually eliminate the need for pen-and-ink line-outs. Delivery would be at the speed of the internet and not at the mercy of the mail service. It’s time to harvest the technology that is currently available to make this possible. It is extremely important that FoPMS provide seamless PMS capability to customers like those in NECC who must operate their PMS system while deployed and disconnected from the internet. When the mission and connectivity allows, these activities can link to the internet to get the latest and greatest PMS documents. The flexible architecture planned for the Future of PMS will be designed to provide the best functionality while supporting the widest range of platform configurations and security postures. Internet technology has come a long way. It’s time for Navy PMS to catch up and get a little spoiled too.