I’m going to spell out a challenge in hopes that someone fixes this (if you have a way to fix this issue you will be a hero to us all and probably make a billion dollars at the same time).
If you have been on a Navy ship recently then you know the ugly truth: there’s some amazingly OLD stuff out there! To fix that, the US Navy has made their Consolidated Afloat Network and Enterprise Services (CANES) program one of their highest priorities. CANES will replace all that really old stuff with new stuff that can handle some of today’s more capable applications.
Problem is… rolling CANES out to the fleet is taking forever. You can blame a lot of folks for this: the Navy for the slow contract award, Industry for the lengthy protest after the award was made, the designers for flaws that caused operational testing to falter, and the economy for cutting budgets just when installing CANES demanded steady funding. These delays have caused the fielding plans to be “re-phased”. In other words, this “new stuff” is going to be really OLD stuff by the time it gets there.
CANES runs on Microsoft’s Window’s XP operating system, which as we all know, is outdated and has been replaced by the more secure Windows 7 and more functional Windows 8. Although Navy is willing to pay Microsoft dearly for legacy support, pretty much every other DoD user is on Window’s 7 and many have moved to 8. And of course, Microsoft is already planning PAST Window’s 8.
Navy has never been good at aligning their software and hardware refresh cycles to any realistic industry standard. Because of the XP/7/8 disconnect, Navy is now reconsidering CANES for the littoral combat ships. Because of the budgeting issues, Navy has delayed their final operational capability until 2022.
Who knows what operating system Microsoft will be supporting then? Next generation C2 and ISR capabilities depend on fixing this strategic planning and budgeting flaw.
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