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Network Centric Warfare - An Introduction
Compressing the Kill Chain

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    Technical Training Short On Site Course Quote This 3 day course will cover a variety of Network Centric Warfare (NCW) related topics. You will learn the concepts, theories and principles of how networking sensors, shooters and decision makers can improve warfighting capabilities. The various elements and enabling technologies for NCW are discussed. You will learn how sensors, precision weapons, data links and command and control systems are connected together to provide the right information to the right warfighter at the right time. Additionally, you will learn how to develop models to simulate the performance of a network centric architecture. You will learn about the metrics, MOPs, MOEs, KPPs, KIPS and the network centric checklist that are all used for test and evaluation. You will view examples of various NCW systems for the US Army (Warrior Information Network) and the US Navy (FORCEnet). Finally, case studies will be presented on Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below Blue Force Tracking, Air Combat w & without Link 16, Close Air Support & US/UK Coalition Operations during OIF.

    Jerry LeMieux, PhD is a pilot and engineer with over 40 years and 10,000 hours of aviation experience. He has over 30 years of experience in operations, program management, systems engineering, R&D and test and evaluation for AEW, fighter and tactical data link acquisition programs. He led 1,300 personnel and managed 100 network and data link acquisition programs with a five year portfolio valued at more than $22 billion. He served at the numbered Air Force Level, responsible for the development, acquisition and sustainment of over 300 information superiority, combat ops and combat support programs that assure integrated battlespace dominance for the Air Force, DoD, US agencies and Allied forces. In civilian life he has consulted on numerous airspace issues for the US Federal Aviation Administration, Air Force, Army, Navy, NASA and DARPA . He holds a PhD in electrical engineering and is a graduate of Air War College and Defense Acquisition University.

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What You Will Learn:

  • Concepts, NCW Principles, Network Centric Operations
  • How NCW can Compress the Kill Chain
  • Sensors & Precision Weapons as Network Elements
  • Data Links used for NCW Communications
  • Networked Command & Control, Australia Boeing NC3S
  • Network Centric Enabling Technologies
  • NCW Frameworks & Architectures
  • NCW Modeling & Simulation and Test & Evaluation
  • NCW Implementation Including Army WIN & Navy FORCEnet
  • Case Studies from Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Air Combat, Army Force Tracking and US/UK Coalition Operations

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction. Definition, concept, tenants & principles, benefits, platform vs. network, origins, theories, domains of conflict, common operational picture example, net centricity, network centric operations
  2. Networking the Kill Chain Target characteristics, targeting process, deliberate targeting, dynamic targeting, time sensitive targets, the find, fix, target, track, engage, and assess (F2T2EA) cycle, NCW kill chain
  3. Sensors & Precision Weapons. Sensors: Optical, thermal, SAR, AMTI, GMTI. Weapons: JDAM, LGB, JSOW and GAM precision weapons
  4. Networks and Data Links. Global information grid & mobile ad-hoc networking, TADIL A, C & J, common data link, improved data modem, Army Tactical Data Link 1, Patriot Digital Information Link, Tactical Information Broadcast System, EPLRS/SADL, Joint Tactical Radios
  5. Networked Command and Control.Joint Battle Management Command and Control, definition, core warfighting capabilities, operational concept, mission threads, integrated architecture, Australia Boeing NC3S
  6. NCW Enabling Technologies. Key issues, sensors, precision weapons & information processing technologies, ultra-wideband optical communications, software and programmable radios, RF beam forming, IP networking, upgraded embedded computers & displays, FPGA, Ethernet switch boards, distributed processing, reconfigurable networking, distributed resource management, transformational satellite communications, GIG bandwidth expansion
  7. Network Centric Frameworks Zachman framework, Dept of Defense Architecture Framework, The Open Group Architecture Framework, IEEE 1471 Standard & conceptual frameworks;
  8. Network Centric Architectures client server architecture, two & three tier client server, thin client, thick client, distributed objects architecture, Common Objects Request Broker Architecture (COBRA), peer to peer architecture, service oriented architecture, Network Centric Enterprise Services and Network Centric Service Oriented Enterprise
  9. NCW Modeling and Simulation. Complexity theory, nonlinear interaction, decentralized control, self organization, nonequilibrium order, adaptation, collective dynamics, entropy based modeling, OSI Model, Amdahl’s Law, and agent based modeling & simulation
  10. NCW Test and Evaluation. Reason metrics, physical metrics, measures of performance, measures of effectiveness, net ready KPP, key interface profiles (KIPs), information assurance, net centric checklist
  11. NCW Implementation. Key elements, horizontal fusion, sense and respond logistics, cultural change and education, Standing Joint Force Headquarters, collaborative information environment, distributive common ground/surface system, dynamic Joint ISR concept, Joint Interagency Coordination Group, Army Warrior Information Network, Navy FORCEnet, Air Force: parallel warfare, effect based operations, command and control constellation, network centric collaborative targeting. Allied implementations: Australia, Canada, New Zealand & UK
  12. Case Studies. Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below Blue Force Tracking, Air Combat with and without Link 16, Close Air Support, US/UK Coalition Operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom


    Tuition for this three day course is $1740 per person at one of our scheduled public courses. Onsite pricing is available. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or send an email to

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