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A Virtual Collaboration Testbed for C2

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Next generation information warfare will require seamless architecture and systems integration to effectively integrate and improve interoperability with allied and coalition mission planning partners. Collaboration of experts from different domains has always posed logistical and knowledge management challenges to managers and members of the collaboration. Responsive information collection, processing and dissemination require a common operational picture, precise battlespace knowledge, and enhanced command and control C2 systems. To be effective in future Network Centric Warfare NCW, mission planners will need to operate in a virtual environment with seamless sharing and collaboration among participants and the resources they use to do work. Advances in information technology have made it easier to communicate to solve, or at least mitigate, some of these problems using e-mail, audio conferencing, and database management software, but a great deal of human intervention is still required to make these collaborations operate smoothly. Over the past ten years enterprises have come to require more than just total asset visibility and human communication capabilities. To plan more effectively and for less cost more human creativity and energy must be focused on the planning products and less on the operation of the planning collaboration. The collaborative environment solutions of the future must not only provide the communication and knowledge management that exists today, but also provide seamless access to resources and information, product and process modeling and the advanced decision support that results from the availability of necessary resources and information. In this paper we discuss a collaboration framework, called Collaborative Enterprise Environment CEE which is being implemented in several facilities including the Air Force Research Lab AFRL and the Naval Research Laboratory NRL.

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  • Computer Programming and Software

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