Multinational Interoperability Requirements -- A Core Competency
ARMY RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD COMPUTATIONAL AND INFORMATION SCIENCES DIR
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Multinational coalitions are the standard for land forces in the full spectrum of land warfighting from operations other than war to armed conflict. Recent events in Bosnia, Kosovo, and East Timor necessitated interaction among the peacekeeping participants, most notably through their liaison channels. Automation of routine liaison tasks could result in a significant improvement in accurate command and control C2 information exchange. Routine tasks handled through automation will complement the tasks of the liaison officer or cell, especially when the cooperating armies speak different languages. Multinational requirements in support of liaison and defined in the C2 information system CCIS are vital to gaining interoperability among multinational coalitions. However, the current process of defining multinational C2 requirements is flawed. The service tradition of working service requirements first, then joint requirements, and finally multinational requirements is a long-standing sequential process that mimics the implementation process. Funding also reflects this sequence. This paper makes the case that this sequence is backwards, and although it may be unrealistic to expect to change this order for the implementation process, there are no technical impediments that prevent reversing the order for the requirements definition process.
- Information Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Command, Control and Communications Systems