See the US Navy's Command Center of the future

Once you enter the lobby you face wall of big screens, displaying current critical operations. Jeff Clarkson, research engineer at SPAWAR, wants you to see all relevant information, as you move through the lobby. Then, you are greeted by the watch officer, who has a general overview of what's going on. He is in charge of collecting the information coming in. Past him, you reach a black round table, like Grand Moff Tarkin's meeting room in Star Wars. Here the senior staff would meet and decide on various issues. The 135-inch screen in the back of room should help form strategies and find ways to implement these. Overall it looks like a command center on the USS Enterprise.

SPAWAR is a Navy laboratory that sees its task in "creating an unfair advantage for our war fighters;" according to Jim Fallin, the facility's director of communications, it designs "systems, infrastructure, sensors and the means needed to create a fully netted combat force that operates and interlaces all the domains of warfare, from seabed to space."

In the video tour you can see technology available already today. On the screens we see a program which is undoubtedly Google Earth. While Mr. Clarkson, takes the CNET reporter around the command center, we see the watch officer zooming in and out of Manhattan island. As noted in the article, the screens will in the near future be replaced by touch-screen solutions.

One thing becomes clear watching the video; the US Navy spares no expense in its effort to protect their homeland from anyone they label a foe and see as a threat. Even today naval aircraft carriers are a wonder of technological achievement.

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I thought the government would have their own (live) satellite imagery of what's going around the world, instead of relying on just Google Earth.

US government at its best spending billions on billions on everything else except for there own welfare of the people who reside in it. Bigger the country the harder it is to maintain. If you look at Sweden and such, they're already somewhat ahead in Destryoer class ships and have one of the fastest internets around. Japan's tech is about 6 months to 2 years ahead of what they sell in the states. By the time US adapts itself for the future, it'll be too late or would've been taken down by all those crazed righteous folks out there. You'll see alot of them in protest rallies and then some. All I hear in the news lately is drugs, scandals and ponsi schemes over and over. Corrupt to the core I say but oh well whose to blame? They cut back on education and use it for these things instead. Not that I'm complaining nor care but its good to see how the world is turning out in the end

Andrey said,
Using Google Earth? Huh? Oh yeah, they have HDTV there and lasers, baby! Oh yeah!

Do you really think they would show you sensitive information? It's just for demonstration.

Yes, there are publicly available tools (not classified) that are more sophisticated than Google Earth. If they want to demo something, they should at least make it believable. Otherwise, it was very cheesy.

Command Center.... whats going on..... staff.... google earth.... command center.... whats going on... glass opaque glass that we don't have yet, blah blah, technology

Wow, at least get someone who is good at speaking and not repeating themselves over and over.

Not really that impressive, looks like a set from 24 or a low budget SciFi show.

All this tech won't make a difference considering the "enemy" the US is facing has primitive tech and fighting skills.

I mean with all the high tech gear the US army has...it *still* has not eliminated their perceived threat in Iraq and Afghanistan...i think the US army needs a course in knowing their enemy + the reason they're fighting, rather than going in guns-blazing.

V9s said,
All this tech won't make a difference considering the "enemy" the US is facing has primitive tech and fighting skills.

I mean with all the high tech gear the US army has...it *still* has not eliminated their perceived threat in Iraq and Afghanistan...i think the US army needs a course in knowing their enemy + the reason they're fighting, rather than going in guns-blazing.

This is about processing information and make the right decisions during crisis. War isn't as easy as you seem to think.

I don't really see this as a technical feat. The big picture is that all of this is now centralized. Watch Officers and COC's have been around for a while, especially with maneuver warfare and quick country invasions as in Iraq and Afghan. You need to be mobile and have a well defined CP (command post). I believe that's the major achievement with this new SPAWAR initiative.

Aside from being the only full sized Navy there is and having a carrier group with a detection and strike range over 100x that of anybody else's.

dimithrak said,
Well.. too bad with all this technology, they still dont have an upper hand in the wars they are fighting..

Yeah, as a former Naval veteran here, enlighten us with your reasons as to why they don't have the upper hand in fighting. Cause out of the three deployment areas I was in on the USS Eisenhower (Haiti 94, Bosnia 94-95, Iraq 94-95), I'd like to hear your strategic input as to why we didn't have the "upper hand."

Tim Dawg said,
Yeah. I don't think he's got an answer.

if they where that advanced they didnt need the Netherlands to sort there **** out in afghanistan. last year alone they spend 1 bilion euro's for that. All coming from just 16 million inhabitans. Like we dont have enough problems on our selfs like waiting 5 months to get surgery.