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Adding Reports to Coalition Battle Management Language for NATO MSG-048

Author: Pullen, J.M. · Corner, D. · Singapogo, S.S. · Clarc, N. · Cordonnier, N. · Menane, M. · Khimeche, L. · Mevassvik, O.M. · Alstad, A. · Schad, U. · Frey, M. · Reus, N. M. de · Krom, P.P.J. de · Grand, N.P. le · Brook, A.
Institution: TNO Defensie en Veiligheid
Source:2009 Euro Simulation Interoperability Workshop - Euro SIW, July 13-16, 2009, Istanbul, Turkey., 15-25
Identifier: 273967
Article number: 09E-SIW-003
Keywords: Command and control · Command and control C2 · Simulation · Battle management language · Interoperability


The NATO Modeling and Simulation Group Technical Activity 48 (MSG-048) was chartered in 2006 to investigate the potential of a Coalition Battle Management Language for multinational and NATO interoperation of command and control systems with modeling and simulation. Its initial work in defining and demonstrating a basic capability for this purpose has been reported in previous Euro-SIW papers. This paper addresses Phase 2 of the Technical Activity which expanded the BML paradigm by adding C2 Reports, enabling two-way flow of information between C2 and simulation systems. The new capability was demonstrated at the InterService/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) 2008. The demonstration configuration combined three national C2 systems and three national simulations along with middleware from two other nations. The result was a generic C2- simulation linkage with no humans in the information exchange loop. This was achieved in only four months, using a network-enabled development approach with an Internet Reference Implementation combined with a powerful development environment based on a C2 Lexical Grammar graphical user interface for inspection of the exchanged information, plus a scripted approach for rapid development of expanded BML Web services. This paper provides a description of the BML Reports and the enhanced development methodology to support expansion of the BML concept in general and the work of the SISO C-BML Product Development Group in particular. We conclude with a projection of the work of MSG-048 in 2009, which focuses on operational validation of the C-BML concept.