The Development of a Coalition Operational Architecture: A British and US Army Approach
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE (ARMY) LONDON (UNITED KINGDOM)
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In January 1999, after discussions between staff from the UKs Command Support Branch, Directorate General of Development and Doctrine DGDD, and the US Armys TRADOC Program Integration Office Army Battle Command Systems TPIO-ABCS at Fort Leavenworth, it was agreed that the possibility of developing a Coalition Operational Architecture COA to support a US Corps operating as a Combined Joint Task Force CJTF Headquarters with up to a UK Division as an integral part of its ORBAT would be investigated by staff from both countries Army Operational Architecture AOA teams. The initial work was completed by August 1999. The paper sets out how the work was progressed using both the model that was built using the UKs Soft Systems Methodology and the utilization of US Army IDEFO models. Key issues that should be addressed in coalition operations are highlighted and it recommends how this work should be taken forward to support the issue of C2 interoperability in coalition operations of the future. The initial results were presented to the US-UK Staff Talks in September 1999. An agreement in principle to further develop the COA was agreed but resource priorities have meant that the next phase of work is yet to begin.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Command, Control and Communications Systems