Common data sharing essential to AirSea Battle doctrine

The "AirSea Battle" concept being championed by top Navy and Air Force brass has a long way to go since there is a noticeable lack of data-sharing protocol between the two military services, reports Spencer Ackerman at Danger Room's Wired blog.

At a recent Brookings Institution event, Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Gen. Norton Schwartz discussed progress made toward the collaborative concept that would ensure protection of the "global commons" of shipping lanes, airspace, low-Earth orbit and electronic pathways vital to military operations and global security, the story said. 

The concept already has been tested in NATO's involvement in the Libyan civil war and humanitarian missions related to Japan's 2011 earthquake, and the two military services are continuing to use similar aerial platforms as shown by their use of the Global Hawk for long-range intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. 

But that's just the start, and Greenert and Schwartz told attendees that they have more than 200 initiatives to improve coordination ranging from combining headquarters staffs to examining data-link protocols for information sharing.

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