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... review relevant commercial multimedia technologies, (3) recommend technical approaches for meeting Army needs with commercial technologies, (4)
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... Functional Requirements Improved situational awareness Common, relevant picture of the battlefield Command on-the-move Improved target handoff Battle space expansion Information protection Exploit modeling and simulation Sensors Intercept capabilities Accurate position location Automated platform monitoring Interconnected communications networks Remotely accessed databases Decision support aids Scalable data Flexible graphics Common distributed database Ability to access database Interconnected communications to transmit imagery, data, voice/selective access 'eavesdrop' voice capability Portrayed graphically/scalable/ easily understood Reconfigurable software Common hardware, standards, protocols Rapid operation/turn-on Easily accessible networks Linkage of sensors, computers, and communications Satellite, fiber, wire, and long-range wireless communications Automated systems Nonjammable communications Nonpenetrable databases Unbreakable crypto and other security systems Distributed interactive simulation Support exploration of future requirements tributed sof~vare processes. Layer III provides capabilities such as information filtering, database management, and user-friendly multimedia user interfaces.
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... systems and applications Layer IV Gerze~c Applications/Enablers 13 Multimedia messaging capabilities 12 Decision support tools, groupware, multimedia teleconferencing 11. Multimedia information access capabilities Layer lI - Middleware 10.
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... MEETING ARMY NEEDS WITH COMMERCIAL MULTIMEDIA TECHNOLOGIES The committee mapped the commercial building block technologies onto the Army's operational needs and functional requirements. Table ES-2 summarizes this mapping; the building block technologies in Table ES-2 are numbered according to Figure ES-2.
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... Improved situational awareness A1 Sensors 4 A2 Intercept capabilities 4,10 A3 Accurate position location 4,10 A4 Automated platform monitoring 4,10 A5 Interconnected communications 3,5,16 networks A6 Remotely accessed databases 2,3,5,6,7,8,11,16 A7 Decision support aids 10,12 AS Scalable data 2,7,10,11 A9 Flexible graphics 9 B Common, relevant picture of the B1 Common distributed database 2,3,5,6,8 battlefield B2 Ability to access database B3 Interconnected communications to transmit imagery, data, voice/selective access B4 'eavesdrop" voice capability B5 Portrayed graphically/scalable/easily understood 2,3.5,6,11,15,16 3,5,11,13,15,16 3,5,11,12,15 8,9 C
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... TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT STRATEGY The key elements of a technology management strategy by which the Army can leverage multimedia information technologies for battlefield applications are described below. Although some of what follows may echo familiar themes, the committee wants to reiterate them to (a)
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... RECOMMENDATION 6: The Army should respond to the need for reinvention. It should expect that rapid advances in communications and computational capabilities resulting from trends in commercial multimedia technologies will result in more than quantitative improvement in the ability of soldiers and commanders to execute existing command and control paradigms.


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