Standards Based Collaboration. Allowing Better Utilization of Existing Client Applications
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The military has invested millions of dollars in collaborative technologies to facilitate faster planning, better situation awareness and more seamless coordination among dispersed forces. Despite this investment there has been little reduction in the size of fleet staffs and the actual impact of collaboration on the conduct of military operations has proved hard to measure. There are a number of problems that keep the military from enjoying the full benefit from the collaborative information environment. These problems include not using industry standards to permit interaction among vender specific synchronous collaborative tools. This paper will focus on improving collaboration among operational forces by using established standards to interconnect collaboration client endpoints. These endpoints include tool suites such as Lotus SameTime, DCTS Defense Collaborative Tool Suite, H323 endpoints NetMeeting, and CISCO IP Phones. Without standards based tool suites the information flow within the military will continue to be hampered by vendor specific collaboration stovepipes. The findings in this paper are based on observations and analysis from Fleet Battle Experiments and Limited Objective Experiments conducted by the Navy Warfare Develop Command NWDC.
- Computer Programming and Software
- Computer Systems Management and Standards