BOX 1.2 Examples of C4I Systems
The following examples of some current C4I systems are intended as illustrative only; many other C4I systems would serve equally well to provide context and orient the reader to the myriad of C4I systems used currently by DOD.
- Global Command and Control System. The Global Command and Control System is designed to provide an integrated picture of the battlefield as well as core planning and assessment tools required by combatant commanders and joint task force commanders. The system includes a growing set of applications including (1) the Joint Operational Planning and Execution System, which is used to plan and execute joint military operations, and (2) the Requirements Development and Analysis application, which generates the time-phased force and deployment database for an operation (including time-phased force, non-unit-related cargo, and personnel data; data on movement for the operation plan; units to be deployed to support the operation plan; routing of forces to be deployed; data on movement associated with deploying forces; and transportation requirements).
- Contingency Theater Air Planning System. The Contingency Theater Air Planning System assists theater-level air battle staffs with the development and execution of air tasking orders, which lay out the strike plan for air assets and control the operation of all other airborne assets.
- Joint Maritime Command Information System. The Joint Maritime Command Information System is the Navy's designated command and control system for the future Global Command and Control System. It supports command and control and tactical intelligence warfighting requirements for afloat, ashore, and tactical/mobile units. The Joint Maritime Command Information System provides timely, accurate, and complete all-source C4ISR information management and develops a common operational picture for warfare mission assessment, planning, and execution. It incorporates the Marine air-ground task force C4I software.
- Maneuver Control System. The Maneuver Control System provides units with the multidimensional (air, land, sea, and space) order of battle and rules of engagement. For example, it provides Army tactical commanders and their staffs (corps through battalion) automated, online, near-real-time systems for planning, coordinating, and controlling tactical operations.
- Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System. This system provides automated fire support command and control functions, including tactical fire direction, fire planning, fire mission execution, and fire asset control.
- Joint Tactical Information Distribution System.
The Joint Tactical Information Distribution System provides secure,
anti-jam-protected digital data and voice communications for theater, air,
ground, and naval forces. The system is designed to enhance combat
capability in fighter aircraft, command and control platforms, and surface
air defense units, and it provides a data transfer link between weapon
platforms and C4I systems for real-time situation awareness, targeting, and