Combat Cloud

What is Combat Cloud and How it Aids the Defense Industry

The cloud has been making huge strides in all sectors and industries. The defense industry is no exception. It started with the Air Force publishing a vision for a future network, called combat cloud, in March 2016 for information sharing and data distribution. It covers the full range of military operations and allows each authorized node, platform, or user to be able to transparently receive and offer essential and significant information and utilize it within any battlespace.

The Department of Defence (DOD), the Air Force, and other government agencies get benefit from the combat cloud as it provides an overarching meshed network and an intellectual framework to enhance their networked capabilities. The combat cloud offers enhancement of capability development, interoperability, decision-making, tactical performance, and command and control. The combat platforms of network nodes, shooters, and sensors can benefit a great deal from sharing of real-time tactical information to perform multi-domain operations.

A core factor in battles is the ability of the decision-makers is to make quick and informed decisions and transmit them to the warfighters before the same process is completed by the enemy. By allowing real-time information to flow rapidly to and from the personnel out in the field, better decisions pertaining to the knowledge of the battleground received can be made and acted upon in no time, giving a clear advantage against the opposition. Combat cloud also enables multi-domain command and control (MDC2) to the forces by offering them a foundation to create new, advanced, suitably designed, quicker, and simpler networks and enhance the ones that already exist.

Attributes of the Combat Cloud

The need for the digital age arose when the industrial-age organizational structures, solutions, and concepts started becoming less effective to deal with the problems and issues the world faced. The effectiveness that command and control and sharing of information require during multi-domain operations are surely inadequate without the features that the post-industrial age offers.

“Any assessment of the likely landscape of future conflict must recognize that no matter what type of engagement should emerge, the outcome will increasingly be determined by which side is better equipped and organized to gather, process, disseminate, and control information.”
– David Deptula, Dean of the Mitchell Institute of Airpower Studies

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Allows Quicker and Superior Information and Decisions

Traditional information-sharing focuses more on consuming information and are dangerously slow in transmitting and delivering. By shifting the protocols and constructs of intelligence and information to the combat cloud, decisions that take hours or days to be made get equipped with the potential to be taken in the span of a few minutes. By ensuring the usage of combat cloud, joint commanders will minimize the risk of getting out-decided and outmaneuvered by the enemy.

If you have the information that is superior, you will be able to transform it into knowledge that is superior. And consequently, you will be able to make and implement superior decisions. Additionally, all these steps can be done quickly at high speeds if the transfer speed is high. This way, the quality, as well as the quantity of information, is increased, and the forces personnel enjoy a distinct advantage of being able to take decisive action to preempt the enemy.

Enhances Fire Support Coordination

The fire support coordination measures (FSCM) is the commanders’ measures to rapidly engage the targets. Combat cloud improves the use and flexibility of the measures that help in deterring the opposing forces and simultaneously safeguarding the friendly forces. Without digitalization, the FSCMs are inhibited by lengthy dissemination processes and improper application. Combat clouds reduce the risk of fratricide, enhance non-linear battlefield operations, and foster multi-domain targeting to facilitate FSCMs, such as the status of a kill box and the location of the fire support coordination line (FSCL).

Revolutionizes Close Air Support

The execution, prioritization, and command and control of close air support have always been a source of reluctance and tension for the armed forces. The reason for this is that it requires careful and exact information of the movement and fire of not just the friendly forces but the opposing forces as well to be able to avoid the risk of friendly fire. Close air support is employed to target the hostile forces that are in close proximity with the allied forces.

Combat cloud has solved the issue by enabling tactical possibilities and allowing development towards multi-domain command and control. It harmonizes the efforts and objectives of the close air support and artificial intelligence with the movements of the forces on the ground and optimizes the effects of the missions.

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Aids Coordination

The combat cloud provides the decision-makers with a dynamic, secure, and reliable system that helps the effects precede the utilization of the platform. It inhibits the forces with the sense of sharing useful information by giving them ease and utility of sharing it. Either it is inter-agency or intra-agency coordination, combat cloud aids both, resulting in optimized and more effective operations.

It is the age of multinational coalition building, and the nations with the same goals, targets, allies, and enemies engage in joint ventures and operations. Such ventures have an increased risk of experiencing information-sharing gaps that can prove to be deadly. The better the joint military efforts are coordinated and networked, the better the outcome and result of those efforts will be. Combat cloud serves multinational partnerships as effectively as it does to inter and intra-agency ones. With forces equipped with combat cloud, the coordination and communication of real-time information, knowledge, and decisions will be speedy no matter the locations of the commanders.

In today’s digital world, the combat cloud is as important for the defense industry as the defense industry is for a nation. It enhances and optimizes communication, support, and information exchange across all the domains of the military, navy, air force, and other government agencies and security forces. We provide the most modern, advanced, reliable, and secure cloud services to allow our clients to make huge strides in their respective industries.

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