Joint Command Decision Support System – Topic 5: Collaboration, Shared Awareness, and Decision Making


  1. Guitouni, A.
  2. Belanger, M.
  3. Wood, D.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN);Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Security Science, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
The Canadian Forces has articulated the requirement for Decision Support to be “command centric”. “During CMX 05 achieving Decision Superiority was found to be critically dependent on building a shared, common awareness of crisis situations”(White 2006). This involves improved integration between systems, timely fusion and tailored depiction. A time sensitive decision support system should effectively support time-critical as well as deliberate collaborative joint and integrated planning, distributed team problem solving and options analysis. In this paper, we illustrate the concepts of joint command decision support system (JCDS). We describe the JCDS technology demonstration project. We propose the decision support architecture and components. We discuss the complexity of time-sensitive decision-making, the decision support requirements and the different components of a decision support system are including knowledge and information management concepts to support individual and collective situation awareness, decision and planning aids for emergency and crisis management situations, and execution support enablers to permit oversight and facilitate plan repairs and timely corrective adjustments. We present the results from two experiments and a set of lessons learned and overarching principles for JCDS requirements in a Joint, Inter-agency, Multi-national and Public framework.
Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-SL-2011-587 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
01 Jun 2011
Number of Pages
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