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SANDERLING Final Report: Parts A and B, A Research Study into KBS for Command and Control in Naval and TMD Applications

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Recognizing the potential to be gained in command and control C2 systems from knowledge-based systems KBS and the related field of artificial intelligence Al the Admiralty Research Establishment ARE set up the Technology Demonstrator Programme TDP and the associated Technology Demonstrator System TDS. This work is addressing many of the practical and immediate problems associated with the application of KBS to data fusion in the context of naval C2. The TDS project is progressing towards sea trials as an engineered data fusion demonstrator. The parallel activity of the TDP is providing the supporting research. In addition, ARE is undertaking other research via prototypes, theoretical studies and experiments aimed at establishing a wide capability in KBS based C2. Many of the functional characteristics and technical problems associated with naval C2 are similar to those in other large and complex military applications. In particular it was realised that there was significant commonality with the Strategic Defence Initiative SDITheatre Missile Defence TMD scenario. As a result, a joint research approach was agreed between ARE and the SDIOSDIPO. A major part of this approach is a programme of research extending over four years. The programme will link to the current ARE research activities and will consist of a number of research projects to be undertaken by ARE, UK industry and universities. The first phase is a 6 month study to define the contents of the research programme. The study commenced in October 1989 and is code-named SANDERLING. It has been undertaken by a consortium of three companies, working in close association with ARE and the SDIO. The consortium comprises Logica Cambridge Ltd, BAe Sowerby Research Centre and Cambridge Consultants Ltd. Logica are the prime contractors and overall project managers.

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  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

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