Decision Support and Knowledge Exploitation Technologies for C4ISR


  1. Auger, A.
  2. Gouin, D.
  3. Roy, J.
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Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
In military operations, commanders and decision-makers at all levels work in an information-saturated environment. Turning pieces of information into situation awareness requires the expertise and experience of many. Two main aspects will impact on the next generation of C4ISR systems: advances in command and control (C2), and information technologies, in particular in situation analysis, knowledge exploitation technologies and decision support systems. In order to facilitate interoperability, growth and maintainability, C4ISR systems must be developed by adhering to a number of open standards. Information technologies will be used to develop net-centric enterprise services (NCES) in order to provide modularity, sharing of decision support tools and services, and interoperability of C4ISR systems. Knowledge exploitation technologies will provide new C4ISR systems with tools and processes to build actionable knowledge. Like situation awareness, knowledge management is about getting the right information to the right people at the right place and time. Therefore, in the military context, any knowledge management model and any decision-making model, including people, processes and technologies, must contribute directly to the achievement of this goal. Future C4ISR systems will also require the development and application of new decision science principles adapted to new and evolving decision-making contexts. They will need to incorporate both the decision science principles and

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DRDC-VALCARTIER-TM-2004-451 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Sep 2006
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