The paper reviews future Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) concepts being explored for the Canadian Army. These concepts build upon the realities of battle-space digitisation and the opportunities of a network-centric approach. The paper presents experimentation underway to flesh out and validate these concepts. The vision of the future ISTAR capability is driven by the information requirements to support a commander's decision- making in attaining mission effectiveness. The system environment is characterized by multi-user interaction in which the exchange of real-time information and collaborative work is the norm. This common environment is well suited to support the multifunctional complexity required by the different actors within the system and the diversity of the missions that they serve.
Canada has been, and remains, committed to participating in coalition operations to promote peace and stability in the post-Cold War world. However, coalition operations challenge traditional command and control concepts, from both the technological and the human perspectives. In the short term, Canada is working closely with traditional NATO and ABCA allies to ensure that the next generation of automated C2 information systems are able to exchange information effectively through structured messages, gateways and standardized data models. Canada is also conducting R&D, and participating in collaborative experiments, to evolve the next generation of systems to permit richer, more dynamic information sharing, along the lines of the Internet and World Wide Web. However, information technology alone will not solve the problems of coalition operations. Research needs to be undertaken to understand task assignment and information flow among coalition partners at the process or operational level. Research is also required at the human level, where differences between coalition partners in culture, personal values, military expectations, religions, and societal values are proving to be less tractable than differences in message formats and communication protocols.
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Defense Transformation and Net-Centric Systems 2012
24 April 2012 | Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Defense Transformation and Net-Centric Systems 2011
27 April 2011 | Orlando, Florida, United States
Defense Transformation and Net-Centric Systems 2010
6 April 2010 | Orlando, Florida, United States
Defense Transformation and Net-Centric Systems 2009
14 April 2009 | Orlando, Florida, United States
Defense Transformation and Net-Centric Systems 2008
18 March 2008 | Orlando, Florida, United States
Defense Transformation and Net-Centric Systems 2007