Title: Defining C2 semantics by a platform-independent JC3IEDM

Authors: Michael Gerz; Olivier Meyer

Addresses: Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing, and Ergonomics FKIE, Department ITF, Neuenahrer Strasse 20, 53343 Wachtberg, Germany. ' Cassidian, an EADS Company, System Design Centre/Advanced Studies, MetaPole, 1, Boulevard Jean Moulin, CS 40001, 78996 Elancourt Cedex, France

Abstract: The Joint Consultation, Command, and Control Information Exchange Data Model (JC3IEDM) is the most acknowledged data model in military command and control (C2). So far, the model has been designed to support database replication. In 2007, the Multilateral Interoperability Programme (MIP) has started to transform the JC3IEDM into a platform-independent UML model that is also suitable for other purposes. The structure of the JC3IEDM is being revised to solve known weaknesses, to better support modularity, to improve its comprehension, to provide a stricter and unambiguous semantics, and to support the generation of efficient exchange formats. In parallel, MIP started revising its approach of interoperability by better documenting the context of the information exchanges. In this paper, we present the principles of a capability-based approach and the key characteristics of the revised UML model. Moreover, we discuss in which way the JC3IEDM is qualified as a C2 ontology.

Keywords: Joint Consultation Command and Control Information Exchange Data Model; JC3IEDM; Multilateral Interoperability Programme; MIP; model-driven architecture; MDA; capability-based approach; CBA; platform-independent model; PIM; military C2; C2 semantics; C2 ontology.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIDSS.2011.043358

International Journal of Intelligent Defence Support Systems, 2011 Vol.4 No.3, pp.263 - 285

Available online: 25 Oct 2011 *

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