Examining Network Centric Warfare (NCW)


This two-day course offers an initial exposure to network centricity in US military service systems and programs from the warfighting edge vice enterprise. Information is power. In the past 30 years, the most significant renaissance in the art of war has transpired in the implementation of collaborative networks for and between military platforms and entities. In many cases NCW replaces mass with understanding. This course is a mark in time, and seeks to provide the student with some level of currency and sensitivity to service programs and also a candid perspective from industry. It also suggests where and what future vulnerabilities and opportunities exist within the scope of network centricity. This course is restricted to US citizens only.

What you will learn:

  • What are the foundations of network-centricity in doctrine and practice across the Services?
  • What are the Joint and Service interpretations of NCW? What is the Joint Information Enterprise (JIE)? the Joint Operational Access Concept (JOAC)?
  • Examine Army LandWarNet/Land ISR net and its components
  • Examine Navy NGEN and CANES Programs and its components.
  • Examine Air Force Aerial Layer Network (ALN)
  • Examine -Some perspectives on NCW for SOF, First Responder and Industry at large.
  • Understanding the impact of Space and Cyberspace on NCW
  • The impact of unmanned systems and intelligent wireless at the network edge
  • The Future. What are the next network transformational Legos® ®?

Course Outline:

      1. Introduction. The Nature and Doctrine that support NCW. Why? More importantly why should we care?
      2. Current Governance. National, DoD, Joint and Service Doctrine that shape NCW thinking and investments.
      3. Examining the JIE and JOAC. A motivation for change by necessity, attitude and budgets. Adaptive, Globally Networked Joint Operations
      4. The Army. Spelling out the basics of LandWarNet and its parts to include WIN-T and JTRS. Spelling out the basics of LandISRnet and its parts to include Cloud, RITE, and ISCA.
      5. The Navy. Understanding lessons from ForceNet and NMCI and how NGEN and CANES will shape the Navy and Marine Corps NCW future.
      6. The Air Force. The basics of the Aerial Layer Network (ALN) , the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Architecture, Universal Networking Interface (UNI) / Airborne Networking GIG Interface (ANGI) Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS), Multi-Functional Advanced Data Link (MADL) / Link-16 / Tactical Targeting Network Technology (TTNT)
      7. SOF. The use of NCW for special communications, remote sensing, TTL and integrated support operations.
      8. Industry and First Responders. The need for standards. The evolution of AN/P-25. Novel concepts in cloud applications and wireless virtual hypervisors. (a surprise case study)
      9. Space and Cyber-Space. The criticality of MILSATCOM and C4ISR to future operations. Command and Control on the Move. Machine-to-machine (M2M) space concepts. Cyber in NCW.worries beyond the virus. The integration of space and cyberspace.
      10. Unmanned Systems. NCW and C4ISR enablers and liabilities. Successes and warnings.
      11. The Future. Changes in the C4ISR Construct. Emerging technologies to embrace. The need for velocity.

Joint Operational Access Concept (JOAC) describes how future joint forces will achieve operational access in the face of such strategies. Its central thesis is Cross-Domain Synergy-the complementary vice merely additive employment of capabilities in different domains such that each enhances the effectiveness and compensates for the vulnerabilities of the others-to establish superiority in some combination of domains that will provide the freedom of action required by the mission. The JOAC envisions a greater degree of integration across domains and at lower echelons than ever before.


This course is not on the current schedule of open enrollment courses. If you are interested in attending this or another course as open enrollment, please contact us at (410)956-8805 or at ati@aticourses.com and indicate the course name and number of students who wish to participate. ATI typically schedules courses with a lead time of 3-5 months. Group courses can be presented at your facility. For on-site pricing, request an on-site quote. You may also call us at (410)956-8805 or email us at ati@aticourses.com.


  • Frank R. Prautzsch has worked in the field of network centric systems and satellite communications for 35 years supporting the US Army, Industry and the Nation. He received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the United States Military at West Point and an MS in Systems Technology (C3I and Space) from Naval Postgraduate School. He has numerous awards, accolades, professional papers and patent work. His expertise in communications, wireless networks, cyber, satcom, navigation and renewable energy remains nationally recognized.

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