Why are details on the Navy’s Project Overmatch so scarce? Enemy Eye, For One – Break Defense Break Defense

The Navy plans to bring Project Overmatch capabilities to an aircraft carrier strike group within the next two years. (US Navy photo by Lieutenant Juan David Guerra / Released)

WEST 2022: Project Overmatch since its inception nearly two years ago has been a favorite subject for high-ranking Navy officers and civilians to publicly name as key to how the service will stand up. the next conflict, transmitted digitally. However, whatever the military is doing behind the scenes to make Overmatch a reality – and what’s raking in millions of taxpayer dollars – is mostly shrouded in secrecy.

On paper, Overmatch is a Navy product for the Pentagon’s Joint Domain Command and Control effort. The theory is that future wars require the service to connect every sensor and shooter in the fleet together to effectively win against China, Russia or any peer by leveraging flexible data sharing and communication infrastructure.

Navy acquisition officials, senior leaders and industry executives from top contractors all offered little clues about structural changes, technology research and development, and milestones important in the future regarding Overmatch. But the service offers almost no explanation as to how great it will achieve the vision – an information gap at least by design.

“We were very deliberate about keeping a low profile… for good reason. Our competitors steal everything. And frankly, they’re not ashamed of it,” Rear Admiral Doug Small, senior officer in charge of Project Overmatch, told Breaking Defense this week during the West 2022 conference.

Predictably, Small declined to divulge the details of Overmatch’s meat and potatoes, instead pointing it out to Advertising’s Chief of Naval Operations Michael Gilday in January 2021. NAVPLAN where CNO has set some of the top priorities of future service.

“Overmatch’s job is to come up with a structure for the navy,” Small said.

CNO describes the navy’s operational architecture as “a set of networks, infrastructure, data, and analytics tools that connect our distributed forces and provide a decisive advantage.” determined”. He went on to describe developing a naval operations architecture as a priority for the Navy, second only to Columbia-class submarines, according to NAVPLAN.

Small added that Overmatch is looking to bring together the best commercial companies and their technology.

In response to a question from another reporter, Small described Overmatch’s core as “the ability to make decisions” and to be able to deliver information to anyone who needs it, and “throughout a crisis.”

A third reporter asked the admiral to explain Overmatch in such a way that he could introduce it to the American public and communicate why it was so important to the Navy.

“When you download Yelp [on your phone]Yelp doesn’t come to your house to see if it opens properly, if any information can travel through any network, whether it’s Wi-Fi, cellular, 3G or 4G or whatever, but all all those data paths work,” he said.

“They didn’t have to because they did all the work on that digital platform. That’s all we’re trying to do… We need to create a digital platform… and then make sure that [it] can communicate and perform the functions of those applications in any environment with whatever data stream is available,” Small continued.

It was Project Overmatch, a way to share information about a naval area in the same way that a civilian might get information about a local restaurant. In addition, the details are clearly not intended for public consumption, according to the head of the effort.

But perhaps lawmakers, analysts and the press will likely see it in action at some point in the next two years when the service brings the ability to operate on a carrier strike group, an obvious goal that Gilday reiterated to reporters this week while en route to West 2022 himself.

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Jake Nichol

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