Navy now testing secret next-gen tech off coast of CA

A secret new US Navy technology is being tested off the coast of California as part of a multi-billion dollar project to interconnect military branches with next-generation technology.

Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Gilday told a conference on Monday that Carrier Strike Group 1, a San Diego-based group of ships, is testing new technology developed under the US secretive Overmatch project. Navy, C4ISRNET. reported.

The project is the Navy’s contribution to Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2), a military-wide effort to connect sensors from all service branches, process data with AI, and quickly recommend actions. options for engaging targets, like described by the Congressional Research Service.

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The system would replace the individual tactical networks developed by each branch, which are often incompatible with each other, delaying decision-making in an increasingly fast-paced environment, according to the CRS report.

Speaking to an audience at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space conference, Gilday said Project Overmatch is “in full swing right now” within Carrier Strike Group 1 and appears to be “on the right track.” , in terms of the goals we are looking for and where we want to go with.

Carrier Strike Group 1 consists of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, its flagship, as well as an aircraft carrier air wing, a guided missile cruiser and a squadron of guided missile destroyers, according its website.

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Gilday reportedly said the Navy aims to deploy the technology to additional carrier strike groups based on the results of “experimentation in the coming months.” Gilday has previously said he’s “looking to expand this fleet-wide after this, and expand even further across the navy,” DefenseScoop reported.

Budget documents show the Navy requested $192 million for Project Overmatch in the next fiscal year, less than the $226 million granted for the project this year, C4ISRNET reported.

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