As reported in Defense A Daily, the first phase of the Extending the Littoral Battlespace Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ELB ACTD) has demonstrated the potential for military forces to share a common operational picture at a distance exceeding 200 miles.
General Dynamics, the prime contractor for the ELB ACTD, has conducted Phase I: Major System Demonstration 1 with participation from Navy, Marine Corps and Army units as part of the Joint Exercise Kernel Blitz 99.
A DOD official, speaking at the Frost and Sullivan seminar mentioned elsewhere in this report, reflected the Pentagon's interest in the ELB ACTD
. CAPT Benjamin Riley, USN, military deputy to the deputy under secretary of defense for advanced technology, indicated that the objectives of the ELB are to demonstrate enhanced communications, theater-wide situation understanding, sensors and targeting in a distributed operational environment.