Role of cognition in a future naval combat management system


  1. Ponsford, A.M.
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Defence Research and Development Canada, Ottawa Research Centre, Ottawa ON (CAN)
This report provides a non-technical introduction to Naval Combat Management Systems (NCMS) and concludes with the proposal for a Holistic-NCMS designed to meet the future requirements of the Royal Canadian Navy. NCMS is a cognitive aid that naval forces use to manage their resources. The NCMS connects the sensor suite to the weapon systems via the Command and Control (C2) system. The C2 system ingests and processes sensor data to supports operator cognitive tasks including planning, re-planning, sensemaking and situational assessment. The core functions of the NCMS are to observe, analyze and take action. The NCMS supports objective reasoning to facilitate a commander to take subjective actions. The overall objective is to gain a competitive advantage over an adversary. That is, to enable a commander to take the best action given their current understanding of the situation. The NCMS manages conventional systems, semi-autonomous and fully autonomous systems. The NCMS is required to function as a standalone entity and work within a collaborative network of coalition forces. The sensor and weapons suites are mature technologies and no significant innovation is expected to occur in the near future. Therefore, advances in the performance of NCMS will be gained primarily by processing data from existing systems and utilizing this data in such a way that the resulting product is greater than just the sum-of-the-parts. The report proposes a new Holistic-NCMS that is based on a syst

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naval sensors;naval weapons;sensor resource management;cognition
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2018-C070 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Sep 2018
Number of Pages
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