CANES allows the Navy to address some unsustainable operating systems on legacy networks, said RDML Christian Becker. (Rick Naystatt)
With the award of a $2.5 billion contract to build and deliver the Navy’s Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES)—its next-generation tactical afloat network—the program moves onto an eight-year path to full operational capability.
CANES is a critical element in the Navy's overall IT modernization strategy. The winning companies—BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services, General Dynamics C4 Systems, Global Technical Systems, Northrop Grumman Systems and Serco—will help consolidate five aging networks serving tactical, support and administrative users into a single unified system featuring upgraded cybersecurity, command and control, communications and intelligence systems afloat.
"The operating systems that exist today on some of those legacy networks are not sustainable," said RDML Christian Becker, program executive officer for command, control communications and intelligence at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, during a conference call on Aug. 21. "CANES allows us to deploy current operating systems and then upgrade or stay current with future changes to those operating systems in a more cost effective and timely way."
CANES is scheduled to be deployed to 180 ships, submarines and Maritime Operations Centers by 2022.
"CANES itself is critical to our Navy's information dominance capabilities afloat, and in particular in regard to our cyber security," Becker said. "CANES creates a new information dominance operational posture by significantly reducing our cyber security vulnerabilities, centralizing those cyber protection operations [and] at the same time providing more robust situational awareness."
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