Embedded encryption – the key to effective situational awareness
Knowing exactly what’s happening, where and when is crucial for any military operator who finds themselves in an environment where the stakes are at their highest. Where it’s not just expensive but ultimately replaceable platforms and assets at risk, but where the consequences of failure have the potential to threaten not only the safety of the operators themselves, but national security and the population at large. It’s in this sort of environment where the consequences of having no information, or even inaccurate or misleading information, could lead to disastrous consequences including fratricide, civilian casualties, and the loss of vital intelligence, not to mention the threat to the lives of the operators placing themselves in harm’s way in the field. This is true in any operation, be it on the ground, at sea, in the air, or – as is far more likely – across a combination of domains.
Speaking in 1946, Dwight D. Eisenhower said, ‘separate ground, sea and air warfare is gone forever. If we ever again should be involved in war, we will fight with all elements, with all services as one single concentrated effort’.
Things have moved on a long way since then, and the realities of modern, multi-domain warfare require seamless interoperability between a wide variety of platforms, technologies and systems – legacy or brand new – all of which need to work together to provide the operator with the information they need to make timely and accurate decisions.
Information is not only power, it’s protection.
But it’s the ability to effectively communicate this information between friendly platforms and people under any operational requirements whilst protecting the safety, security and integrity of the data that matters just as much. Interoperability without communications security has the potential to not only threaten lives, but to arm enemy forces with the information they need to succeed in their missions.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that the ability of military elements to cooperate is only as effective as the data links that can facilitate the required transfer of information, but also that the success of which relies on the reliable encryption and protection of the data. This ensures that the information reaches the intended recipient without compromise, that the recipient can rely on the accuracy and integrity of that data, and that enemy forces do not find themselves privy to information that compromises the safety of our people, platforms and national security.
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