Evaluating Net-Centric Command and Control via a Multi-Resolution Modeling Evaluation Framework: A FY05 IR&D Project
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV LAUREL MD APPLIED PHYSICS LAB
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This paper presents the initial results of a multi-year, independent research and development command and control C2 evaluation project. The purpose of the project is to develop and demonstrate a Multi-resolution Modeling Evaluation Framework MRMEF, for evaluating whether or not the application of net-centric principles to C2 improves the effectiveness and efficiency of C2 in a complex, hybrid architectural environment. The MRMEF uses scenarios to bound the mission space to be evaluated and employs simulation techniques using multiple levels of fidelity or resolution to evaluate net-centric C2. This years effort focused on the development of a high-level set of C2 processes depicting red and blue force activities in a Weapon of Mass Effect scenario. A constructive simulation was created using those processes to represent an as-is or non-net-centric model of that scenario. The simulation was executed and mission outcome results recorded. Two of the C2 processes were instantiated as real web services to represent a rudimentary form of a to-be , i.e. net-centric, environment. A series of experiments were conducted to measure the time to complete each of these processes. The results were fed back into the simulation and an analysis performed to compare the as-is vs. to-be environments.
- Operations Research
- Computer Systems
- Command, Control and Communications Systems