A C2 Framework for Dynamic Battlespace Resource Management Based on Networking Concepts and a 'Post and Smart Pull' Approach
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO LISBON (PORTUGAL)
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The effective networking of the warfighting enterprise enables Network Centric Warfare NCW concepts to be developed, namely the capability for self-synchronization and direct collaboration between battlespace entities, increasing the operational effectiveness. One of the advantages brought by self synchronization is the potential for a more efficient use of often scarce resources at the forces disposal, by allowing faster responses to battlespace developments and thus a more effective exploitation of fleeting opportunities. However, care must be taken to limit the required information flows transactions between decision entities by means of appropriate tools and procedures, otherwise self-synchronization may lead to extra burden of decision entities with the consequent inefficiency in the accomplishment of time-critical tasks. This paper presents a C2 framework that facilitates self-synchronization through dynamic allocation and tasking of resources. By extending the post and smart pull concept to the management of resources other than information e.g., ISTAR assets, warfighting platforms, formations, etc., the proposed C2 framework allows a seamless and efficient transfer of resources between friendly battlespace entities for employment where they are in greater to respond more promptly and effectively to opportunities and contingencies.
- Command, Control and Communications Systems