Coast Guard Moving Forward with Fleet C4ISR Upgrades
By NICK ADDE, Seapower Special Correspondent
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Coast Guard is moving forward with an ongoing plan to acquire and deliver upgraded C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence and reconnaissance) to the fleet.
Speaking at an April 4 presentation at the Sea-Air-Space Exposition, Lt. Cmdr. Steven Myers of the service’s acquisitions program office described the need to provide “more capable, integrated and interoperable C4ISR systems that support Coast Guard operational forces in executing missions effectively and efficiently.”
Sea commanders would have access to integrated command-and-control baselines for National Security Cutters, Myers stated.
Core C4ISR services would include:
■ Information assurance for National Security, Offshore Patrol, and Fast Response cutters, as well as aviation assets;
■ Configuration management;
■ Authorization and certification for combat, weapons, and software safety;
■ Testing and evaluation;
■ Navigation and communication.
From Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, the acquisition-program management team is working to garner new acquisitions from standpoints of cyber security and information assurance, certification and accreditation, and configuration management.
At the Coast Guard’s Moorestown, N.J., detachment, teams are designing, developing and integrating C4ISR systems for the National Security Cutter’s command-and-control system. Similar work continues at Moorestown on the Offshore Patrol Cutter’s combat tactical system.
The Command, Control and Communications Engineering Center also designing and developing a situational awareness system for the Offshore Patrol and Fast Response cutters.
Myers also provided an outline, unrelated to C4ISR, for the acquisition of a new polar icebreaker. Since asking for industry studies in December, the Coast Guard began issuing draft specifications for the new vessel last month. In November, one month after the icebreaker Polar Star deploys with vibration sensors, the service will issue its first request for proposal (RFP) for the new ship. The last RFP is due to be released in September 2018, with a March 19 projected date for a contract award.