Developing common IT and software services for reuse on Navy fleet CANES C4ISR Systems

The Navy fleet depends on robust and complex C4ISR systems to succeed in their missions.  Shipboard C4ISR systems are increasingly reliant on large amounts of data, storage, computing power, and services, which are coming together under the banner of Data and Analytic Cloud Computing Platforms. Together, NIWC, PEO C4I, and the Office of Naval Research (ONR), as well as other resource sponsors, conduct Science & Technology (S&T) projects with the aim of advancing the state-of-the-art in these product areas and increase capabilities for the warfighter. The ability to deliver C4ISR/Cyber applications, such as DCGS-N Increment 2, NITES-Next, and ACS within a cloud architecture that can scale to both tactical Afloat/Aloft disadvantaged platforms due to low bandwidth and Ashore enterprise environments is critical to support tactical operations in today’s physical and cyber battlespace.

The Challenge

Current state-of-the-art C4ISR systems being deployed on Navy Ships are deployed to the Navy’s standard afloat network and software platform, Consolidated Afloat Network and Enterprise Services (CANES). Many of these systems have a common set of functions they require such as GIS mapping services, security services, data streaming and analytics, and others. These C4ISR systems are developed by many different organizations and each system must develop their own implementation of the common functions to operate on CANES.  This results in redundancy, extra labor and licensing costs, overloading the shipboard afloat hardware, and variations of implementations that will introduce inconsistencies which could result in security or performance risks.

The Solution

Geocent develops and implements over 45 standardized Cloud based Agile Core Services (ACS) to be deployed on the CANES platform. ACS provides core services for C4ISR systems by working closely with program owners to understand their needs and design solutions that support them. One of these is a Big Data Stack that optimizes the streaming of large data from ashore data centers to the afloat nodes onboard the ships. Other services include Identity Access Management and GIS mapping capabilities. These services are developed with cloud technologies that allow auto provisioning of new nodes to support high load usage times providing “auto-scaling” capability.

The Results

  • Auto-scaled 22 node NiFi cluster in minutes

The Outcome

ACS eliminates the need to have these redundant capabilities developed in every individual C4ISR system.  This results in consistency in the way the systems interact with sailors, increased reliability, improved cyber security posture and reduced costs.  Organizations building C4ISR systems can focus on adding more functionality to help the warfighter instead of developing standard core services.