Combat Information Center


Combat Information Center

A Combat Information Center (CIC), or Action Information Center (AIC) is the tactical center of a warship, manned and equipped to collect, present, manage, evaluate and disseminate information for the use of the embarked flag officer, commanding officer, and control agencies. Some control, assistance, and coordination functions may be delegated to the CIC. On aircraft carriers this area is called the Combat Direction Center (CDC).

Illustrations of CIC technology evolution

The following two photos of different CICs, 25 years apart, may to some degree exemplify the evolution of electronics/computer equipment and user interfaces used in such installations over that period of time. Modern CIC equipment is built up from many connected embedded systems.

The term CIC, has also been used in many Science Fiction shows, such as Star Trek: Enterprise and Battlestar Galactica (Sci-Fi Original series).

ee also

* Air Defense Control Center
* Control center solutions
* Joint Tactical Information Distribution System
* Mission Control Center
* Naval Tactical Data System
* Tactical communications

References

External links

* [http://www.history.navy.mil/library/online/cic_yester.htm CIC room (World War II)]
* [http://www.history.navy.mil/library/online/cicmanual.htm CIC manual (World War II)]
* [http://www.eugeneleeslover.com/USNAVY/CHAPTER-16-G.html Naval Ordanance and Gunnery, 1958]
* [http://sterett.net/public/31Ship_tour/cic.htm USS Sterett, CIC 1968 -1991]

US Navy Surface Warfare Officer School - Division Officer Training
* [http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/navy/docs/swos/stu2/STU01.html Surface CIC]
* [http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/navy/docs/swos/stu2/STU10.html Air CIC]
* [http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/navy/docs/swos/stu2/STU13.html Sub-Surface CIC]


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