Integrating M&S Representation of the Natural Environment into a C4ISR System for Decision Support

January 2000
Glenn S. Iwerks, The MITRE Corporation
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Models developed for Modeling and Simulation (M&S) projects can be used in a Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Reconnaissance, and Surveillance (C4ISR) system to compute visibility and mobility of forces under current and anticipated environmental conditions. To show this, an experimental infrastructure was developed to use models of the natural environment and its effects on military equipment, in a C4ISR system. The models are used by the C4ISR system to make predictions concerning the effects of the environment on mission outcomes. The Army Experiment 5 (AE5) scenarios, and example tactical decision aids (TDA), are used to exercise the system. The models used in this project come from the Joint Semiautomated Forces (JointSAF) system developed for the Synthetic Theater of War (STOW) ACTD. The C4ISR system is the Advanced Command and Control (AC2) decision support system. The AC2 system is a course of action (COA) development tool built as an extension to the Army's Maneuver Control System (MCS) to aid in the Military Decision Making Process (MDMP). The Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) serves as a coupling mechanism between components.

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