New System Enhances Communication Between Military Branches

Photo: Siobhan Carlile

Communication between military branches, partners and others participating in operations across the globe just got a lot easier.

The United States Joint Forces Command launched its C2 Central website in October.

According to Mike Powell, deputy director for advanced systems analysis at the command’s Joint Systems Integration Center, C2 allows the more than 300 C2 systems, sensors, platforms and networks to share information.

Before C2, no centralized communication network existed, only the C2Pedia database. The new C2 site acts as a portal; directing traffic to the many C2 systems.

“They’re critical to how the military operates,” Powell said. “This is how information is flowed up and down the chain of command to plan, strategize, execute and control all the different resources involved in the warfighting activity.”

Security access for the site is simplified. It only requires a government-issued common access card. A small amount of its content is restricted as classified.

The benefits of the new site are immediately beneficial: saving time and streamlining the communication process. If one C2 site is unavailable, the system sends the user to an available site that houses the requested information.

The new system also contains a library of thousands of documents about C2 systems, C2 news articles, and announcements about C2 events, training opportunities and conferences.

Upgrades and improvements are ongoing. Recently, the site added functions that enable users to communicate with other users, to ask questions, share knowledge about the system, and identify issues with the system.

C2’s end objective is to help meet the needs of warfighters in an easier and quicker way.

“The closer we get to actually identifying systems capabilities against particular mission needs and matching them up against the mission thread, then the better, more efficient use of the C2 system will occur,” Powell said.

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