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The UNSC Battle Network (B-NET) is a network-centric warfare system in use by the United Nations Space Command Defence Force. The Network possesses the adaptability and management functionality required to maintain pertinent services, while the assigned unit fights on a rapidly shifting battlespace. The Battle Network gives the unit the advantage to see first, understand first, act first, and finish decisively in the battlespace against both conventional and non-conventional enemy forces. The B-NET also dispatches targeting and other coordinating data to Navy and Air Force components for total force integration in the battlespace. The whole system works towards the goal of "right information, right place, right time - and not too much".
The Network consists of a layered system of interconnected computers and software, radios, and sensors within the fighting force, extending up from squad, all the way to the largest field army formations. It translates an information advantage, enabled in part by information technology, into a competitive advantage through the robust networking of well-informed but geographically dispersed forces. A robustly networked force improves information sharing, which enhances the quality of information and shared situational awareness. Shared situational awareness enables collaboration and self-synchronization, and enhances sustainability and speed of command, which in turn, dramatically increases mission effectiveness. The network is essential to enable unified battle command and as a result, the fighter at every echelon, from field army to squad is connected to the proper sensor data and communication relays to ensure proper battlespace situational awareness.
The Network transfers every element of data gathered by all sensors and systems within the Network and then deploys it to all forces fighting in the theatre while simultaneously recording the information. Through this system, every soldier can observe all forms of reconnaissance information, such as satellite, ground, and air reconnaissance, data from vehicle and ground sensor networks, and infantry-carried portable sensors, as well as call in fire support or request pickup, access information, and contact higher authorities.