A Multi-Level Network (MLN) Approach to theater Battle Management Operations (TBMO)
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AbstractThe objective of this effort is to use an innovative software approach that will link together existing distributive, sensor and tactical information networks. This software approach will enable on-demand communications connectivity in a seamless MLN environment that can be used in TBMO. DSR proposes the use of software algorithms to perform a Mapping/Data Distribution Node (MDDN) function on Command and Control (C2) platforms such as the E-2C, the Mission Control Element (MCE), the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS), and other Naval weapon systems. The MDDN function will conduct priority exchange of select battle data between units on sensor netting networks, command/planning networks, and tactical communications networks. The exchanges will be both horizontal (reach additional slensor or shooter platforms) alnd vertical (across networks) to reach various command levels. DSR will determine the ability of shooter platforms to use Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) composite tracks and/or select CEC sensor/track data and the timelines required for the information exchange, as well as the ability of current information networks to exchange this data. The software process will determine the best communications path available in the current operational situation, apply routing and prioritization instructions, and map/parse shooter data into appropriate message formats for recipients. The stacked and branched, open architecture network designed in Phase I will be prototyped in a Phase II proof of concept demonstration.
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