Northrop Grumman executives have urged industry to harness open architecture and integrated technology to support C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance) missions.
Five of the company’s leaders talked about the intended asymmetric advantage of using C4ISR-related sensor, logistics and cyber platforms at a National Press Club-hosted forum held Wednesday in Washington, Northrop said Wednesday.
“For the U.S. and its allies to prepare for all contingencies, we need a new C4ISR value proposition — one that harnesses the power of open integration,” Gloria Flach, president of Northrop’s electronic systems sector, told media at the event.
“Greater integration, along with modular and open-system approaches, will enable our C4ISR assets to be upgraded more easily and tailored to the emerging challenges in every potential domain,” Flach added.
C4ISR systems are intended to help warfighters assess the battlefield, manage tactical assets and communicate during combat operations.
Other speakers at the media briefing included Robert Gamache, director for special mission systems; Patrick Antkowiak, vice president for advanced concepts and technologies; Michael Twyman, vice president for defense systems; and Bart LaGrone, vice president for E-2/C-2 programs.