Title: Creating an extensible command and control ontology

Authors: Bill Mandrick

Addresses: 354th Civil Affairs Brigade, 6601 Baltimore Avenue, Riverdale, MD 20737, USA

Abstract: This essay describes the process of creating a military ontology from the war-fighter|s perspective. The war-fighter|s perspective is expressed in joint military doctrine, which presents fundamental principles that guide the employment of USA military forces in coordinated and integrated action toward a common objective (http://www.dtic.mil/doctrine/new_pubs/jointpub.htm). An ontology based upon military doctrine is intended to represent the war-fighter|s direct view of the domain, and would be used to enhance: 1) situational understanding about some domain; 2) the military decision making and planning process; 3) the design of information systems in an evolving situation; 4) understanding about the relation of data elements to the domain. This essay uses the joint intelligence preparation of the operational environment (JIPOE) process as an example of how the war-fighter would create such an ontology. The JIPOE ontology described here is derived directly from JIPOE doctrine, and extends from a command and control (C2) ontology.

Keywords: common upper ontology; CUO; joint intelligence of the operational environment; JIPOE; command and control; C2; enterprise ontology; joint military doctrine; military ontology; military decision making; military planning; information systems design; USA; United States.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIDSS.2011.043356

International Journal of Intelligent Defence Support Systems, 2011 Vol.4 No.3, pp.215 - 231

Published online: 28 Feb 2015 *

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