Naval information and communication systems

The Information and Communication Systems (ICS) section provides investigation, evaluation, testing, and Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) for information and communication systems used on ships. This section also provides these services for information and communications systems used on shore directly or indirectly supporting the ships and submarines. Similar work can be performed to support central and common systems.

The increasing prevalence of Internet Protocol (IP) communications in all forms of equipment and systems continues to broaden the potential scope of projects where the ICS section can help the Navy and DND, sometimes in collaboration with the NETE Marine Systems or Combat Systems sections when marine/combat equipment includes information or communication sub-systems.

The members of the section include a diverse mix of engineers, computer science graduates and information technology specialists, some with previous Naval or DND experience, many with numerous years supporting the Navy at NETE, and others with recent industry experience. The combination of different backgrounds and skills is key to the section’s success in meeting client requirements.

Expertise by technology and services

The Information and Communication Systems Section has expertise and experience with the following technologies and services:

Network engineering, systems engineering and information technology security

  • Local and Wide Area Networks
  • Traffic management systems, quality of service, compression and acceleration, web caching
  • Servers, clustered servers, blade servers, virtual servers
  • Routers, switches, firewalls
  • Storage and back-up technologies and related software
  • Windows, Novell, Solaris, Linux operating systems
  • Exchange, Short Message Service, Domino, Sametime
  • Workstations, laptops
  • Internet Protocol data communications over satellite and over radio
  • Hardware and software encryption
  • Integration, interoperability, performance, functional and bandwidth testing
  • Certification and accreditation

Software engineering

  • Process modeling
  • Systems, Applications and Products (SAP)
  • SAP Business Warehouse
  • Structured query language (SQL) Server and Access client-server database applications
  • Visual Basic, Visual C++
  • Web development, active server pages (ASP), hypertext mark-up language (HTML), Javascript
  • Real-time software
  • Software testing

Expertise by project phase

The Information and Communication Systems Section can provide the following services, grouped by project phase:


  • Requirements investigation
  • Business process modeling
  • Conceptual design
  • Options analysis
  • Technology investigations and assessments
  • Proof of concept
  • Development of specifications


  • Development of engineering guidance packages for shipboard installation of information and communication systems
  • Review of engineering changes
  • Equipment qualification (shock, vibration, temperature)
  • System configuration, integration and testing
  • Software design and development
  • Verification and validation of contract deliverables
  • Set-to-work and post-installation testing


  • Shipboard surveys and audits
  • Impact assessment for proposed changes
  • Testing and/or Independent Verification and Validation of proposed changes
  • Planning of in-service trials
  • Data analysis and trend monitoring
  • Investigation of in-service issues and problems
  • Investigation of optimization or performance tuning
  • Review and validation of system configurations
  • Review and validation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) data
  • Investigation and documentation of standard procedures
  • Verification and validation of processes and documentation 
  • Policy investigations