Future Army Tactical Operation Center Concept
ARMY RESEARCH LAB ADELPHI MD
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The inefficiency, high complexity, and lack of mobility of current army tactical operation centers TOC will limit their effectiveness in the highly dynamic non-linear future battlefield. The extensive hardware, software, and manpower resources needed to operate a current TOC severely restrict the mobility envisioned for the future battlefield. There are three major technical thrusts required to provide this drastic increase in automation system architecture unification, integrating airborne, satellite, and terrestrial communications, and the development and maximum usage of software agent architectures and applications. The Army is working aggressively in each of these areas. A common client server and database architecture is being developed for the Army Battle Command System. Robust wide band radios and networks are being developed and experimented with. There is significant research, development and implementation of agent architectures and applications that apply to this battlefield automation. This paper focuses on both the challenges of this battlefield TOC automation and a proposed agent based solution.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Radio Communications