The ADF’s capability to fight does not just reside in their ships, planes, vehicles and personnel, as important as they are. Increasingly the capability of those force elements are being boosted by improved ability to have ‘situational awareness’. The data collection, processing and dissemination systems are vital. This paper reviews the current state of the ADF’s ability to network its force elements together. From a hesitant start a few years ago, the ADF has made good progress towards a networked force.
This paper is the final in the 2010 ADF capability review series. Previous editions covered the Army, Navy and Air Force. A 2008 paper on C4ISR(EW) capability is available here.