Published: March 2009
Enabling Network Centric Operations through the provision of inclusive, adaptive information networks in harsh and rapidly changing situations. Network Centric Operations (NCO) recognises the demand for pervasive decision-making in the modern battlespace. NCO provides the ability to leverage information networks to generate a more dynamic and agile decision-making space. An important dimension of this approach is the technological flexibility to quickly move the decision-making authority hierarchically or geographically as the situation demands. A fundamental enabler to this approach is the concept of a services orientated architecture (SOA). The use of industry-standard IT architectures provides the means of ensuring that systems can be provisioned rapidly, can be shared as appropriate, and can give the flexibility and response times required within such challenging environments. The battlespace environment presents a distinct set of issues that have been a challenge historically for information technologies (IT) and traditional architectural approaches. The inherent demands of the battlespace include the availability and reliability of information systems, with appropriate and available bandwidth for data transference, and total security. The emergence of service oriented architectures (SOA) and web services present a means of bringing a high degree of standardisation to the fore. Such an approach can deliver long-term benefits and enable defence forces to embrace and utilise new functionality rapidly and as cost-effectively as possible.
SOA is not a new approach and is proven within the commercial sector. Although the battlespace has distinct requirements, SOA has been shown to meet these requirements across the whole command chain and also to provide the flexibility and scalability demanded for all battlespace situations, from the application of force to combined peacekeeping scenarios or humanitarian situations. Additionally, SOA is applicable where networks must support multi-level security scenarios with the need for rapid interoperability between armed forces from disparate and non-traditional contributing nations, local police and NGOs involved in earthquake, tsunami or famine situations.
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