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1 COP APPLICATION / Dangers and Guidelines IST-043-RWS-006 / Toronto 15 th September 2004 Olivier de Peufeilhoux / EADS

2 Page 2 COP Application / Dangers and Guidelines COP: Common Operational Picture  Goal  Dangers – Excessive modelling – Insufficient modelling – Undisplayability  Guidelines – Right level of modelling – Right complexity of algorithms – Display best practices – Architecture

3 Page 3 COP Application / Dangers and Guidelines Joint C3I systems / Years of experience EADS References SICA, PSP : FRANCE OFEQ : OMAN GHQ : UAE BEMILOPSCIS : BELGIUM SEDENA : MEXICO

4 Page 4 COP Application / Dangers and Guidelines Goal  Not only to allow the sharing of a common view of the situation among the decision makers,  But, above all, to help them to make the right decision while providing the right information at the right time at the right place.  C3I serves the commander but not the contrary

5 Page 5 COP Application / Dangers and Guidelines Excessive modelling dangers  Not possible to build a formal modelling for all the data able to be taken into account in decision process of a commander.  Easy to standardize the description of all elementary physical phenomena (location, time, amount)  Not so easy to synthesise these elementary information’s, into few decision enabled ones, (for instance : operational availability status of a unit)  Very uneasy to formalise intentions and behaviours in spite of their major roles in command process.

6 Page 6 COP Application / Dangers and Guidelines Excessive modelling dangers  The measured and the true importance of one information may be different.  Some small details could have strategic interest  Automatic computation of synthesis may erase relevance.

7 Page 7 COP Application / Dangers and Guidelines Insufficient modelling dangers  The simple use of COTS products (office tools) to manage and exchange operational information, combined with linguistic diversity within a multinational coalition headquarters, leads to informational anarchy: – Redundant information’s, – Inconsistent information’s, – Unqualified information’s.  Major risk of decisional hegemony if the only response to this diversity is the standardisation of all technical solutions and procedures towards a unique system.

8 Page 8 COP Application / Dangers and Guidelines “Undisplayability” dangers  The simple accumulation of any available information as different icons on a map leads to : – a beautiful “abstract art” picture – but not to an operational one.  Danger of information overflow if no filter is applied on available information.  Depending on the user, the context and the time, only a subset must be displayed to be relevant. And within this subset the display rules may be adapted for each use.

9 Page 9 COP Application / Dangers and Guidelines Guidelines  Fully theoretical approach quite sterile and may lead to dead end, after numerous and tiring discussions about such bla-bla sentences  Pragmatic approach, based on true experiences and leading to concrete guidelines, only able to improve COP application in C3I systems.  Profitable to study and to experiment similar processes and applications used in civil world (stock exchange dashboard, executive managers dashboard,...).

10 Page 10 COP Application / Dangers and Guidelines Right level of data modelling  Separate, within object description: –part able to be formalised (type, location, time, amount, …) – part not able to be (intention, behaviour, …)  Complete formal description by simple text (comments) and/or links to office files (documents, pictures, …). Office Document Jane’s Library Video File Image File Audio File

11 Page 11 COP Application / Dangers and Guidelines Right level of data modelling  Reuse, for formal description, experienced data model like C2IEDM (from ATCCIS), based on “5W approach”:  Who (object identity)  What (object type)  Where (location)  When (time)  Why (context)

12 Page 12 COP Application / Dangers and Guidelines LC2IEDM example OBJECT-TYPEOBJECT-ITEM FACILITY-TYPE FEATURE-TYPE ORGANISATION -TYPE PERSON-TYPE MATERIEL-TYPE FACILITY FEATURE ORGANISATION MATERIEL Off. :34 S/Off. :72 MdR :112 F910 Wielingen III X X DZ  Who ? and What ?

13 Page 13 COP Application / Dangers and Guidelines LC2IEDM example  Where ? and When ? OBJECT-ITEM LOCATION REPORTING-DATA XXX CONTEXT OBJECT-ITEM- STATUS

14 Page 14 COP Application / Dangers and Guidelines Right complexity of algorithms  Separate common “validated” documents (current situation) and personal documents (reports, forecasts, …),  Combine use of RDBMS requests on formal description and use of a common request engine for informal description.  Stay modest for decision help algorithms. Limit them to “highlighting” of unknown, unrecognised, ….

15 Page 15 COP Application / Dangers and Guidelines Display best practices  Allow simultaneous and independent viewpoints on the same information: – geographical viewpoint : icons on a map, – organisational viewpoint : hierarchical tree, – chronological viewpoint : bars on a timescale, – technical viewpoint : bars on a histogram.

16 Page 16 COP Application / Dangers and Guidelines Display best practices  Give access from operational presentation to all complementary information’s through clicks (“COP portal”)  Allow each user to define its own “display profile” based on editable requests to get the CROP “Common Relevant Operative Picture”. Consultation COP Portal click Other informations

17 Page 17 COP Application / Dangers and Guidelines Architecture  Concurrent design on three levels : database, tools, user,  Generalize distributed architecture model with:  Low level of coupling between different tools,  Independence from database schema,  “Services approach” at user level including a “publish/subscribe” mode to combine “common” and relevant

18 Page 18 COP Application / Dangers and Guidelines Decision making : today and tomorrow


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