Together, we can make battlefield intelligence integrated, accurate and actionable
Viasat is uniquely positioned to support JADC2, eliminate the stove-piping of data and streamline communications across all the military services
With over three decades of leveraging commercial innovation into defense applications - data integration, network interoperability and security have been integral to Viasat's mission. Today, that mission is well-aligned with the Department of Defense’s Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) initiative to connect formerly disparate systems into a unified network and enable resilient communications for sensors and shooters across the services.
When complete, it will enable warfighters to make high-stake decisions at-speed with the best available tactical information, and greatly increase successful mission outcomes.
Currently, the U.S. Military’s comms ecosystem consists of “stovepiped” networks and devices designed for individual military services rather than joint warfare. A cloud-based system, JADC2 will collect and integrate intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance data from sensors across the U.S. military, and then use AI to identify targets. This creates the potential for a vast, real-time kill chain where targeting data from numerous sensors is relayed, assessed, and distributed across service and theater boundaries, enabling strikes on time-sensitive targets with long-range fires.
Viasat has the experience, expertise and technological “glue” needed to link data across services and bring the JADC2 vision to reality.
Viasat’s partnership with the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has created unique opportunities to apply our cutting-edge commercial tech and rapidly deploy advanced military operational capabilities in support of their most critical missions. With SOCOM’s need to link data across services to enable faster operations, we have helped bring a JADC2 vision to reality.
Viasat’s XVI Low Earth Orbit Satellite, upon successful launch, would offer first-of-its-kind beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS)/Link16 communications. It would enable users to join and enhance the JADC2 kill chain even when normal line-of-sight communications are blocked and would provide internet access to share valuable data virtually anywhere in the world.
Viasat’s SATCOM business serves as a model for the integration JADC2 demands. Our GEO satellites cover the Americas and Europe, with partner satellites, providers, andsatellite networks to cover other parts of Earth. Even with the planned ViaSat-3 constellation, there will still be a need for integration and interoperability with other networks to help ensure reliable, resilient connectivity.
We stitch a network together out of our satellites and their satellites to create a seamless experience. We do it for Viasat Community Internet. We do it for airplanes. We do it for maritime vessels. We do it for senior leaders across the U.S. Government across different modes of transportation. From high-level users to someone with a handheld in a foxhole — we can bring together all those capabilities: the visualization, data processing, and cloud connectivity.
Craig Miller, President: Viasat Government Systems
Viasat’s networks integrate all warfighting domains – strategic, operational and tactical–offering redundancy and technological agility to maintain information dominance in congested, contested and competitive environments.
Interoperability is the foundation of what’s needed to enable enhanced data transport capabilities. Common standards are needed at the network layer to allow users and data to move more freely between disparate systems. However, government and commercial industry alignment is needed to make it happen at scale.
The efficiencies and benefits of a single, military-wide communications system are undeniable, but will create a larger attack surface and a tempting target for adversaries. Fortunately, Viasat has deep experience bringing myriad waveforms together across its networks. Delivering over 500 terabytes (TB) of data across our networks every day, Viasat uses big data analytics on over 2.4 billion daily events enabling advanced visibility into the threat landscape, customized threat intelligence, and remediation. Our network ecosystem is one of the most secure in the world.
Viasat can leverage its private sector experience, innovation engine and understanding of defense to bring forward next-gen communications capabilities — whether it's 5G, Free Space Optics, or other Low Probability of Intercept/Detect waveforms - and deliver more reliable connectivity in anti-access/area denial environments.