The development and deployment of network-centric operations and warfare (NCOW) to integrate and connect the military’s many separate networks relies on high-speed packet transport and optical networking. Altera’s 28-nm Stratix V FPGAs combine the flexibility needed to adapt to changing network standards and support legacy network interfaces and protocols, while offering the ASIC-like performance traditionally required for these applications. This combination of technological advances enables advanced network developers to implement and deploy military capabilities in a secure and flexible manner while dramatically reducing non-recurring engineering (NRE) and critical time to mission.