A Unifying Strategy for Data Integration for Global Force Management
ARMY RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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Global operations in a network centric environment require high-resolution, richly populated force management data, constructs and management processes that extend across Service boundaries. This paper presents an approach that is based upon three pillars. First, realistically, the only way to maintain force structure data is to obtain it directly from the agencies responsible for building and maintaining that data. This requires that the people who develop and maintain force structure data in the Services and for the DOD must provide it in a form conducive to computer manipulation for use by a diverse population of users. Second, force structure data must be formally and rigorously specified and its semantics unambiguously defined and implemented so that sophisticated computer programs can economically exploit it. Finally, a common naming convention must be accepted across the Services with the capability of being extended through coalition boundaries. This paper presents a set of fundamental constructs and a description of how they can be manipulated to accomplish the objectives of the Global Force Management GFM process.
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