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US Navy Tests Secret Maritime Data Technology

John Konrad
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April 3, 2023

The U.S. Navy is currently testing its highly secretive Project Overmatch initiative with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group off the California coast. This ambitious project is part of the Pentagon’s multi-billion-dollar Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) effort, which aims to establish seamless communication and give warships better maritime domain awareness at sea. It will also likely help manage unmanned ships and drone technology.

Project Overmatch focuses on enhancing connectivity and information sharing within the Navy fleet. Navy sources tell gCaptain it is designed to develop advanced systems to improve data management, exchange, and connectivity, providing commanders with real-time information and enabling more effective decision-making about potential threats. The initiative plays a vital role in maintaining the U.S. Navy’s competitive edge against rivals like China and Russia, who are significantly investing in cutting-edge military technologies.

According to U.S. Navy officers attending the Navy League conference in Maryland today, a maritime domain awareness application related to Project Overmatch is fully funded and undergoing testing at sea. Defense news reports the US Navy is seeking $192 million for Project Overmatch for fiscal 2024, less than the $226 million enacted for the effort this year, budget documents show.

As the Navy integrates more unmanned systems into its operations, Project Overmatch’s ability to reliably connect these assets with sailors and ashore command centers becomes increasingly critical. This will help the U.S. and its allies counter emerging threats from competitors investing heavily in military science and technology, such as artificial intelligence and cyber advancements.

Further information about the specific hardware or systems being developed remains undisclosed due to the project’s secretive nature. Additionally, other branches of the military and international partners could be integrated into the system to share information across domains.

Much is still unknown including the system’s ability to communicate and monitor merchant ships but the Navy’s efforts to develop and field Project Overmatch capabilities underscore the importance the Navy is placing on managing new domain awareness and communication technology at sea.

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