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US can win networking fight, says air force battle management boss

12th July 2023 - 15:00 GMT | by Damian Kemp in London


The key with networked sensor platforms such as the E-3 AWACS is that they provide situational awareness for operational decisions. (Photo: USAF)

US forces are still struggling to connect with each other, but change is on the way according to one USAF general, as a determined effort to unlock the full power of a range of platforms and systems using an agile architecture begins to bear fruit.

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Free-flowing and agile networking can be achieved across the US armed forces despite repeated failures in the past, but the right attitudes, trust, focused objectives and a willingness to work across the whole enterprise is necessary, according to the USAF's battle management chief, and he argues that real progress can be achieved in the medium term.

In an 'Air & Space Warfighters in Action' briefing with journalists and industry on 10 July, Brig Gen Luke Cropsey returned repeatedly to the need to ‘focus on a problem, if not then you wind up

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Damian Kemp


Damian Kemp

Damian Kemp has worked in the defence media for 25 years covering military aircraft, defence …

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