Tactical Edge-to-Cloud Connectivity Framework

Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) is a multibillion-dollar initiative from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to revitalize the military’s current command and control (C2) infrastructure. JADC2 aims to establish a combined, synergistic network of sensors and warfighters that enables collective, real-time decision-making across the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Space Force, or across sea, land, air, space, cyber, and other warfighting domains. This integrated network will provide the sensor and target data from the tactical edge, coupled with weapons resources to select the optimal weapon systems within hours, minutes, or potentially seconds. This acceleration is significant, compared to the current multi-day process needed to analyze the operating environment and issue commands.

JADC2 will provide a cloud-like environment for the Joint Force to share intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data. JADC2 makes it possible to transmit across many network domains to enable faster decision-making using artificial intelligence algorithms that can identify targets, then recommend the optimal weapon—both kinetic and non-kinetic—to engage the target.

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RTI Connext® provides a proven software framework with a loosely coupled architecture that is ideal for helping JADC2 unite Joint Forces networks to work reliably, even when those channels are disconnected, denied, intermittent, or have limited bandwidth. Based on the Data Distribution ServiceTM (DDS) standard, Connext provides the fault tolerance, resiliency and security that is required by mission-critical applications, supports both legacy and future information data models, and can be built and reconfigured dynamically in response to evolving threats. Furthermore, the common wire protocols and APIs of Connext enable seamless integration and interoperability, addressing the barriers of traditional U.S. defense networks.

JADC2 and Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA)

All of these systems will be adopting a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) standard to create a common data communications framework. RTI Connext is a TRL-9 connectivity framework based on the open DDS standard (managed by the Object Management Group (OMG )) that supports over 20 defense industry standards and works across many transports, including TDL, RF, TCP, UDP, InfiniBand, Underwater Sensor Network Transports, lossy satellite connections, and even shared memory or backplanes in a single computer.

MOSA has been defined as a warfighting imperative. According to the original tri-service memorandum calling for MOSA, “Victory in conflict will in part be determined by our ability to rapidly share information across domains”. Specifically, the memorandum cites several existing interoperability standards “as vital to our success”. RTI Connext underpins several of these interoperability standards.

The Key to Success is Data-Centricity

For JADC2 to work on an enterprise cloud-based computing system, that enables a zero trust environment for platforms that function on the tactical edge, the DoD created a JADC2 strategy that calls for command and control systems to sense, make sense, and act all at the speed of relevance by sharing data in a data-centric way.

Read the 2020 DoD Data Strategy Report with its focus on data-centricity.

Your Systems, Working as One

RTI Connext provides data connectivity, extreme reliability and a scalable communications framework that integrates a wide range of sensor and mission data in a data-centric way. Connext is designed from the ground up to meet the necessary interoperability and security requirements for cross-service, cross-supplier and cross-ally integration of a mission-critical, technology-driven operations environment. Connext is ideal for integrating a wide range of disparate network systems, from the smallest sensor to the largest system-of-systems out there, which makes it a low-risk choice for integrating operations and control data for next-generation military network platforms like JADC2.

For more information, contact Chip Downing, RTI Senior Market Development Director, Aerospace and Defense | jadc2@rti.com

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