Dynamic Content in Support of the User-Defined Operational Picture

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Issue: Volume 12 - Number 1
Article ID: 12-1-2
Published: March 2009
Subjects: command systems, isr, operational picture

Abstract. Increasing operational tempo places a burden on ISR systems to yield timely content. Unfortunately for the military commander, the technology that can assist this endeavour is also creating a level playing field, where asymmetric operations are the norm. The response to this disruption must be rapid and highly exploitive of any new capability, content or data that is opportunistically acquired. In a Network Centric Warfare (NCW) environment, this is a very real scenario. It will be increasingly difficult for military organisations to manage information and content in environments that are becoming complex and highly interactive as they seek to exploit the information edge. This paper explores the concept of a User Defined Operation Picture (UDOP) and how with the capability to govern the acquisition and fusion of dynamically available information and content will greatly enhance the war fighter's ability to win the war. The paper explores the proposition that within asymmetric environments an identity framework supported by a policy based security context is a method to rapidly enable connection and publishing data sources for consumption by soldiers and mission commanders. Novel techniques will be required that provide a just in time analysis, exploitation and visualisation of data as it enters the battle space picture. Coupled with a concept of a UDOP, commanders will have the ability to draw actionable conclusions from the flood of events and information available. They will also have the ability to allow resource owners at multiple levels of an organization to establish, manage (and override) policy for access to the flow of information along with the ability, using Identity Management systems, to provision infrastructure components when and where needed to support the mission planning and operations. In essence, we will increasingly need to work within rapidly altering structure of capability and vocabulary and not be constrained to the representation of static and 'familiar' information and content.

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