C2 Domain Ontology within Our Lifetime
UNITED STATES JOINT FORCES COMMAND NORFOLK VA
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Agile Command and Control C2 requires agile information sharing with an increasingly wide variety of military and non-military partners. While current net-centric approaches may improve information sharing within a particular niche of C2, they do not support information sharing across the larger C2 domain. Although not a silver bullet, the development and application of a C2 domain ontology to improve C2 data and service integration appears to be increasingly realistic. In fact, there are several examples of successful ontology applications in domains such as medicine, biology, and engineering, and the new discipline of Applied Ontology is emerging. C2 data, architecture, and conceptual modeling activities which bear a close resemblance to applied ontology activities are also beginning to take shape, and there are several efforts with near to mid-term promise as elements of a C2 domain ontology. This paper provides an overview of ontology, examples of existing ontologies, key C2 data, architecture, and modeling efforts with applicability to a C2 domain ontology, and recommendations regarding the way ahead. It is the authors conclusion that development of a practical C2 domain ontology is necessary and feasible in the near to mid term, and that efforts should commence following the principles and best practices of the applied ontology community.
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