Plans for a novel underwater network architecture have been laid out by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) under the banner of Timely Information for Maritime Engagements (TIMEly).
In a special notice released on 17 June, DARPA revealed that TIMEly is intended “to develop concepts for a heterogeneous underwater network architecture [with the goal] to enable the vision of mosaic warfare facilitated by the contemporaneous composition of effects chains from available assets in any domain, but with an emphasis on the underwater domain in order to provide options for execution on the fly”.
Mosaic warfare is an operational concept being pursued by DARPA Strategic Technology Office that seeks to shift away from a primary emphasis on highly capable manned systems – typically characterised by high costs and long development timelines – to a force mix of manned and less-expensive unmanned systems that can be rapidly developed, fielded, and upgraded with new technology to address evolving threats.
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