Annex E. International Armaments Strategy
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)


3. Battlespace Command and Control (BC2) ATD

Description: Establish seamless information transfer in command and control to include collaborative planning, intelligence, logistics and weather.

Justification: As US forces increasingly partner with a diverse roster of nations in global missions there is an acute need for systems level interoperability and integration. Consistent Battlespace Understanding (Command and Control, Intelligence, Targeting, Logistics, Weather, and other information) must be shared seamlessly, as though destination and source were part of a unified system. This need transcends echelon and spans the full spectrum of warfighter operations.

This will provide: a consistent battlespace understanding that will result in more rapid, effective decisions leading to reduced casualties and fratricide of the combined force; More thorough and swift sharing of tactical information, providing improved force synchronization, broadened force versatility, and mission achievement consistent with commander’s intent/objectives; Interoperable C4I systems provide a proactive means for collaborative planning, course of action analysis, forecasting and mission rehearsal resulting in improved force performance and more effective allocation of resources; An established combined force Systems Architecture provides flexibility to the CJTF and facilitates combined operations.

Implementation: Through existing agreements continue discussions with allies to identify "niche" areas with a potential for collaboration.

Keep allies apprised of our efforts so they will adopt compatible programs with potential to utilize same standards and underlying architectures. This will increase potential for collaboration in the future.

Inquiries regarding cooperative projects and arrangements in this area should be directed to the AMC POCs identified below:

AMC POC:

Dr. Rodney Smith
Army Materiel Command
AMXIP-OB
5001 Eisenhower Blvd
Alexandria, VA 22333-0001
e-mail: [email protected]

MSC POC:

Bob Both
US Army CECOM
ATTN: AMSEL-RD-AS-TI
Fort Monmouth, NJ 07703
e-mail: [email protected]