Developing a Coalition Battle Management Language to Facilitate Interoperability Between Operation CIS, and Simulations in Support of Training and Mission Rehearsal
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE LONDON (UNITED KINGDOM)
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The Battle Management Language BML initiative started by the US Army Modeling and Simulation Office AMSO published a standard in 1999. It organized doctrinal terms into 5Ws Who, What, When. Where and Why, to facilitate interoperability between command and control systems and simulations. BML is an unambiguous language used to command and control forces conducting operations and support situational awareness and a common operational picture. It is being developed as a standard representation of a digitized commanders intent to be used by warfighters, simulated forces, and robots. A BML prototype was demonstrated in 2003. This prototype was used to analyze the applicability of BML to UK doctrine. A French Army BML was also prototypically implemented within their research program, and there is a US-German initiative, Project SINCE, that added the How and Which to give a W6H construct. XML, the use of web services, and BML representation within the Command and Control Information Exchange Data Model C2IEDM has provided a common thread. The paper provides descriptions of these developments and insights into two initiatives that have started as a result of this work the creation of a Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization SISO Study Group and NATO Exploratory Team-016.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Command, Control and Communications Systems