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Distributed situation management processing: enabling next generation C2
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Paper Abstract

Increased use of joint task force concepts is expanding the battlespace and placing higher demands on interoperability. But simultaneous downsizing of forces is increasing the workload on warfighters; while there is a demand for increased decision aiding there has not been a corresponding increase in computational resources. Force wide situation management, the proactive command and control (C2) of the battlespace enabled by broad situation awareness and a deep understanding of mission context, is not likely given today's computational capability, system architecture, algorithmic, and datalink limitations. Next generation C2, e.g. decentralized, `rolling' etc., could be significantly enhanced by distributed situation management processing techniques. Presented herein is a sampling of core technologies, software architectures, cognitive processing algorithms, and datalink requirements which could enable next generation C2. Dynamic, adaptive process distribution concepts are discussed which address platform and tactical application computational capability limitations. Software and datalink architectures are then presented which facilitate situation management process distribution. Finally, required evolution of current algorithms and algorithms potentially enabled within these concepts are introduced.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 June 1996
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2764, Digitization of the Battlefield, (7 June 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.242072
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Kirk A. Dunkelberger, MESC Electronic Systems Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2764:
Digitization of the Battlefield
Raja Suresh; William Langford, Editor(s)

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