The Use of GCCS in the Canadian Navy and its Relationship to C2IEDM


  1. Isenor, A.W.
  2. Dorion, E.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Atlantic, Dartmouth NS (CAN);Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
The Canadian Forces is currently investigating numerous technologies that support data exchange. Within the Canadian navy, the Global Command and Control System (GCCS) represents an important system in use on all Canadian Frigates. The GCCS is also used extensively throughout the United States Navy (USN) and thus the Canadian use also provides interoperability with the USN. Within the Canadian army, considerable resources and intellectual effort has been dedicated to the development of a semantics basis, shared among the NATO allies, called the Command and Control Information Exchange Data Model (C2IEDM). Since the Canadian forces also seek interoperability among its own services (air, navy and land), information exchange between the GCCS and C2IEDM-based systems like the Land Forces Command and Control Information System (LFC2IS) needs to be explored. Furthermore, this information exchange must take place in such a way to minimize semantic loss between systems. This report outlines both GCCS and C2IEDM and suggests a way forward for information exchange while maintaining semantic integrity. In the short term, it is suggested that C2IEDM be mapped to the messaging structure used by GCCS. In the long term, it would be advisable to have C2IEDM as an integrated ontological basis for the next generation of the supporting environment, namely the Net Centric Enterprise Services (NCES).

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C2IEDM (Command and Control Information Exchange Data Model);LC2IEDM (Land Command and Control Information Exchange Data Model);GCCS (Global Command and Control System);DII COE (Defense Information Infrastructure Common Operating Environment);NCES (Net-Centric Enterprise Services);MIDB (Modernized Integrated Database)
Report Number
DRDC-ATLANTIC-TM-2004-197 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Feb 2005
Number of Pages
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