JADC2: Building the U.S. military’s ‘internet of things’
For years, Paul Meyer’s job in the U.S. Air Force was to suppress enemy air defenses. To do that, he had to know where they were and what they were doing. And to do that, he and the pilot of his F-4 Phantom II had to get close enough to show up on their radars.
“My job was to play chicken – to put myself in that environment where I have to fire my missile before he fires his,” said Meyer, a retired weapon systems officer and now president of Advanced Concepts & Technology at Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a Raytheon Technologies business.
Today, Meyer and many others at Raytheon Technologies are working in support of a massive U.S. Department of Defense initiative to give military personnel something much better than what he had – quick, seamless access to intelligence from any system in the battlefield.
Officially, that initiative is called Joint All Domain Command and Control, or JADC2. Unofficially, it is a military “internet of things” – a way to connect traditionally separate networks, ingest and analyze data from sensors across the globe and in space, then serve it up to operators and commanders, in context and with options on what to do next.
“Historically, when we communicate in a large battle, every service kind of takes their own approach – an air-centric approach, a ground-centric approach, a navy-centric approach,” said retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John Dolan, a former director of operations at the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and now a vice president at Raytheon Intelligence & Space. “JADC2 is all domains at once, and we’ve never had that.”
Here’s how experts across Raytheon Technologies – with their deep knowledge in areas including secure communications, resilient networks, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and effectors – are working together to bring JADC2 to life.