Richard Jack, C4ISR engineer at the Navy’s Space & Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, discusses the importance of cloud to the organization’s mission and how having multiple providers increases capability.
The Navy’s Space & Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific is a source of some major military technology research. The center’s primary goal is to support operations in the Pacific through command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Richard Jack, C4ISR engineer at the SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific, says that maintaining a stable cloud platform is key to accomplishing their mission. “We have a lot of systems in the Navy, all of them have great capabilities, but we’re really trying to speed this idea of sharing information up. In order to do that, we have to have data standardization, data ontologies and context, data models. Our environment that we are bringing to bear helps speed that up,” Jack said. “Once we get that, then we’ll start to adopt things like A.I. and machine learning that really the industry is killing it at. Look at what IBM is doing, what Amazon is doing, what Microsoft is doing!… Those are the things that the Navy needs take advantage of and we are doing so, and bringing it to the forefront of our capability providers and saying, ‘Look at what we can do so we don’t have to duplicate the wheel.’”