Using Army Force-on-Force Simulations to Stimulate C4I Systems for Testing and Experimentation
AB TECHNOLOGIES INC ALEXANDRIA VA
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Simulation interfaces to Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence C4I systems are essential for testing and experimentation. It is impractical to carry out large-scale tests in the field due to constrained resources and reduced availability of support units and equipment. Model and Simulation MS systems have standardized on certain protocols and architectures for interoperability, such as the High Level Architecture HLA. The C4I community is also moving to standardize on the Joint Technical Architecture JTA and the Defense Information Infrastructure Common Operating Environment DII COE. These interoperability efforts can facilitate interfacing to C4I systems, if interface standards that align these two domains are developed. It is currently extremely difficult to interface Army C4I systems to standard Army simulations due to fundamental differences in their architectures and systems. The interfaces that have been constructed are limited in reusability. Historically this is due to the lack of common data models in the Army C4I systems, making each interface unique. A major objective of the Army Model and Simulation Office AMSO is to develop the technical infrastructure, architecture, and standards to allow simulations to interoperate with live C4I systems. In this paper, we outline a new approach that focuses on common data and software components as opposed to building black box interfaces.
- Command, Control and Communications Systems