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M&S Interoperability within the DII COE: Building a Technical Requirements Specification

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Key to the future interoperability of Simulations with Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence C4I systems is the Defense Information Infrastructure Common Operating Environment DII COE Architecture. The DII COE is composed of configurable, layered, reusable software components that work together with specific C4I mission software to perform a task. All future DoD C4I systems will design to the DII COE. However, because Modeling and Simulation MS has not been involved in the development of DII COE components to date, simulation capabilities fall short. Recently, a DII COE Technical Working Group TWG was set up to address MS Functionality. This paper describes the development of an initial Technical Requirements Specification TRS that will formalize MS Requirements to the DII COE Community. The DII COE MS TRS seeks to identify requirements for functions, features, and capabilities of the DII COE that would facilitate the interface of models or simulations. Through implementation of these MS requirements, developers of DII COE infrastructure software will be able to provide this missing MS functionality. DII COE TWGs typically have a Software Requirements Specification SRS that guides the development of common infrastructure software. The DII COE MS TRS identifies requirements in other SRSs such as the Common Operational Picture TWG, the Message Processing TWG, and the Data Access TWG, as well as unique MS requirements that do not belong in any other TWG SRS. The initial TRS is organized according to an established C4IMS Interoperability Technical Reference Model TRM developed over the last 3 years and cited in the SISO C4I Study Group Report. This paper describes how the TRS is being developed within the DII COE TWG structure and the organization of the TRS, gives an overview of the requirements, and gives examples of the software functionality in the DII COE that is expected to be developed from these requirements.

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  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

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