Software Architecture Choices for Naval Command & Control and Decision Support Systems

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Authors
  1. Corkill, D.D.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN);MASSACHUSETTS UNIV AMHERST DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
Abstract
This study considers the software-architecture requirements and issues associated with the data-fusion, situation-awareness, and command-response activities of above-water naval warfare (AWW). This work was performed in support of the Innovative Naval Combat Management and Decision Support (INCOMMANDS) Technology Demonstration Program (TDP) that is developing and demonstrating advanced decision support concepts for the command team of the Halifax Class Frigate. The goal is to improve the decision-making effectiveness of threat evaluation and weapon assignment (TEWA) throughout all of the activities associated with a detect-to-engage response to an anti-ship missile attack. This increased effectiveness will be obtained by providing decision support capabilities while enhancing situational awareness, exploiting the use of a priori information, and optimizing the use of sensing and combat power resources. This report considers candidate software-architecture choices that could be suited in INCOMMANDS. These approaches are evaluated along a number of application requirements including: efficiency, responsiveness, autonomy, interaction and collaboration among software and human participants, distribution (both within a single ship and over a multiple-ship context), graceful degradation in the face of resource limitations and hardware failures, adaptability, and extensibility. We discuss the weaknesses and limitations of candidate software architectures and present possible approac
Keywords
INCOMMANDS (Innovative Naval Combat Management and Decision Support);TDP (Technology Demonstration Project);COTS (Commercial Off-The-Shelf)
Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-CR-2005-356 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Sep 2005
Number of Pages
72
DSTKIM No
CA026540
CANDIS No
524422
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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