COMPATIBILITY AMONG COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS IN JOINT ENVIRONMENTS.
Final rept. 1 Oct 65-1 Aug 66,
TECHNICAL COMMUNICATIONS CORP LEXINGTON MA
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A broad investigation has been conducted into the general issue of compatibility between tactical command and control systems operating jointly. The study approach taken is based on the premise that intersystem compatibility implies a requirement for information transfer between systems. Towards this end it is shown that achieving compatibility exhibits both a technical dimension and an operational dimension. Such terms as purpose, level, degree, and stability are developed to facilitate a reasonable description of operational compatibility. It is argued that intersystem compatibility cannot be described as a static property of any one system, but is more properly treated as a relationship between systems. In addition, this relationship is a dynamic one, manifest only when the systems are operated together. Compatibility, therefore, is subject to alteration during combat as the systems themselves are subject to the stress of battle. The three important attacks on incompatibilites, characterized as commonality, standardization, and black box buffers, are each acknowledged to make important contributions, but neither singly nor in combination can they be considered as panaceas. Instead, a multi-pronged approach is needed, requiring several levels and types of effort, whereby compatibility becomes a condition that is planned from initial development of requirements for a system through its design stages and into its operational employment in joint environments. Author
- Command, Control and Communications Systems