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ISSN 1416-300X Volume 11, Issue 2 July 2008

CWID NEWS IN BRIEF
By Julian Nettlefold

12 Jun 08. Once again the MoD and CWID Team Members excelled themselves in an excellent display of technology for CWD 08. BATTLESPACE will be running an in depth feature for our October AUSA issue. To ensure that CWID 08 is relevant, coherent and realistic Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Equipment Capability) Lt Gen Andrew Figgures wished to focus the UK element of CWID 08 on an Afghanistan scenario against a 2011 timeframe.

Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID)UK took place between 2 and 20 June at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), Portsdown West, Fareham. It was the 14th consecutive year of participation for the UK in CWID, and the seventh year that it has been hosted by Dstl.

CWID is a partnership between industry and the MoD. Run as part of a wider US-led coalition, CWID allows new technology solutions to be trialled in a realistic, real-time environment with existing systems, giving MOD a unique opportunity to work closely with representatives from industry.

For military command and control, access to the right information at the right time is vital for operational success. This year's event aimed to build on the success of previous years in meeting a strategic requirement for Network Enabled Capability (NEC). The NEC vision requires timely and relevant information to be available across the spectrum of command and operations. CWID aims to achieve this by identifying technological solutions to support current operational requirements.

The organisers have selected 35 trials for demonstration at the 2008 event. The range of demonstrations is focused on Command and Control, Situational Awareness, ISTAR, Resilient Information Infrastructure and Information Assurance.

CWID is a programme that impacts directly on MOD equipment programme and works in support of current and future operations.  Information is vital to operational success and CWID aims to deliver this through coherent and resilient network-based solutions.

We include synopses of exhibits here.

Fujitsu

Fujitsu performs information systems integration role at CWID. For this year’s CWID Fujitsu was performing an information systems integration role within the industry team which participates.

Fujitsu, which has contributed to CWID every year since 1997, is providing open architecture technology for CWID 08, integrating layers of applications to provide shared information and situational awareness to the military users.
“Fujitsu’s design approach is based on the use of open standards and protocols providing a new architectural benchmark for military C2 systems and as a systems integrator with no vested product interests, it is able to use best-in-breed applications”, said Andy Head, Business Development Director, Fujitsu Defence and Security.

A UK operational scenario three years hence forward in Afghanistan is being tested at this year’s CWID and will involve a combination of UK, US/UK Coalition and NATO units being deployed across the main CWID scenario, which means the network has to distribute information across the three domains and manage the required information sharing restrictions.

The only UK commercial trial operating across all three domains is openJOP, the framework that delivers the Joint Operations Picture (JOP) on the Defence Information Infrastructure (DII) as part of the Joint Command and Control Support Programme (JC2SP). openJOP provides the next generation of Command and Control capabilities to support Effects Based Operations, enabling military users throughout the Command chain to see the full range of Battlespace and Reference information. For this year’s CWID Fujitsu has introduced a new more intuitive user interface.

openJOP is the result of a 90 day innovation challenge conducted three years ago by Fujitsu in its Future Concept Centre. Fujitsu was selected to deliver the Interoperability Project within JC2SP providing the Initial Operating Capability, which has now been accepted by the MoD. Under JC2SP a number of other tools will be integrated alongside openJOP, such as JADOCS for planning joint operational tasks, ICC for planning individual air sorties, NIRIS for distributing data on tracked aircraft movements and JChat for collaborative working.

“Infrastructure, communications and software are the foundations of a Network Enabled Capability and programmes such as JC2SP form the early building blocks for fulfilling this vision,” said Andy Head.

Systematic

Systematic provided a framework service, based on its off-the-shelf products, to deliver a service that enables the other demonstrations within the UK and the coalition, regardless of the applications or data formats being used, to exchange their critical operational information by seamlessly handling any incompatibilities - in simple terms, a truly 'any-to-any' information exchange capability.

To address issues of security Systematic played an essential role by enabling information to be exchanged between the different security domains. Information was exchanged between the Coalition SECRET and the UK SECRET networks across a secure boundary, allowing users to access information in accordance with their designated security level. Systematic's framework solution utilises an open standard data model produced by the Multilateral Interoperability Programme (MIP) and adopted by NATO as the repository for the integration of heterogeneous systems and a variety of its off-the-shelf products that allow the warfighter to manage, exchange and view the required information using the most appropriate user interface.

Systematic also participated in trials at NATO CWID in Lillehammer Norway. As the event opens up to various delegations over the next 10 days, Systematic showed how the range of Systematic SitaWare and Systematic IRIS products are helping NATO nations achieve interoperability and situational awareness throughout the complete chain of command.

General Dynamics UK

General Dynamics UK demonstrated the latest capability for allied forces at the 2008 Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstrator (CWID) at Portsdown from 13-20 June, 2008.

General Dynamics, a leading UK systems integrator, is the 2008 CWID System of Systems Integrator (SOSI) for the Land Environment.

“CWID provides an environment in which the defence industry and Britain’s military can show and develop key capabilities for the future,” said Jim Ironside, Chief Scientist of General Dynamics UK. “We will be working with the MoD and our colleagues in industry to make CWID 2008 a great success and showcase significant integration of advanced technologies which could provide our forces with important battlefield advantages.”

Specific General Dynamics UK technologies on display at CWID will include:

* Bowman CIP – The latest increment of the tactical communications and data system currently rolling out to the UK Armed Forces, known as BCIP5 (ComBAT, Infrastructure and Platform Battlefield Information Systems Application [BISA]) Also demonstrated will be potential capabilities for future Bowman increments.
* OSIRIS® – a tool derived from the Defence Technology Centre in Data and Information Fusion that enables the harvesting of information from open, unstructured text sources. It allows users to map information that helps in planning for military and civil reconstruction operations.
* BlaDE® – a capability that simulates a virtual environment for test and training purposes that links into General Dynamics UK’s developing innovation centre, The EDGETM UK. BlaDE provides realistic synthetic forces to play in live exercises, enhancing realism and scale.

In addition, General Dynamics UK will lead several experiments to demonstrate interoperability between joint and coalition forces. These include:
* Secure exchange of Blue Force (friendly forces) Situational Awareness with both Coalition and UK units;
* End-to-End ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance);
* Full-motion video across the General Dynamics Bowman System, the British Armed Forces’ communications and data system;
* Linking the Asset Tracking Systems for Helicopters and Ground Assets (known respectively as HeATS and GrATS), now being used in Afghanistan for the first time, with Bowman and other information sources via the network;
* Exchanging logistics information across the Land and Joint environment, to prove the utility of End to End date exchange;
* Linking the Land Tactical Environment to the Enterprise Service Bus using a Web service.

Logica

Logica successfully demonstrates Defence Spectrum Management on world’s largest virtual battlefield

Logica, the leading IT and business services company, has today announced that it has successfully integrated its Spectrum Management toolset in a networked war-fighting environment, through its participation at the 2008 Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID). This trial will help to de-risk the future Defence Spectrum Management System (DSMS) Programme, currently in Concept Phase, aimed at providing the Ministry of Defence (MOD) with the capability to better manage the available spectrum.

CWID is a unique MOD and industry partnership. The largest research event of its kind in the world; it connects 15 countries in a virtual scenario to demonstrate ground-breaking technology, involving real data and role players, all operating on a realistic secure network. The simulation happens annually in order to demonstrate practical implementation of interoperability and to identify strengths and weaknesses in the end-to-end C4ISTAR capability.

At this year’s demonstration, Logica has worked with industry partner ATDI and in collaboration with the CSIS IPT, DEC (ISTAR), E3A and CBM/J6, to demonstrate innovative enhancements to its Pilot Battlespace Spectrum Management System (PBSMS).

Key enhancements include networking the system to a number of spectrum dependent systems, sensor systems and C2 systems via a Spectrum Portal (based on Logica’s information and intelligence Integrated Services Portal (i2 ISP) technology). The interoperability functionality demonstrated includes the implementation of a subset of the recently endorsed NATO spectrum management data exchange format (SMADEF-XML).

Whilst the above functionality is targeted at the Battlespace environment, the opportunity has also been taken to utilise the tools for spectrum governance, in line with recent MOD thinking with respect to management of their spectrum holdings in UK airspace. Some prototype tools for monitoring of spectrum usage and spectrum charging are being trialled, in support of the Cave Report implementation programme.

Commenting on the CWID Defence Spectrum Management Trial, John Ball, DSMS Project Manager at the MOD said: “We are pleased to partner with Logica at CWID 08 to demonstrate a potential solution. Integration of this capability is key. Spectrum misuse impacts on our fighting capability within the Battlespace; it must be co-ordinated”.

Gary Lay, director of Logica’s Defence business said: “Logica has been at the forefront of Defence spectrum management for a number of years, through our work on the PBSMS and related MOD activities. We are pleased to have this leadership recognised through being selected for this years’ CWID. We are working in close co-operation with the MOD towards integrated spectrum awareness and control and we look forward to broadening this capability towards spectrum governance in a networked environment, to provide the MOD with a joined up spectrum capability.”

Lockheed Martin UK

Lockheed Martin UK showcased new advances in information management at this year’s Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID) which could bring significant changes to the way future battles are fought.

Ground-breaking developments in Full Motion Video (FMV) and information sharing will be demonstrated in an Afghanistan-based scenario at this year’s event to show how they could be put to use by troops and commanders in real world operations.

Rick Holt, director of information superiority, Lockheed Martin UK, said: “Capturing and making use of the huge amount of data in an operational environment can provide the critical advantage in battle. By integrating intelligence data from a variety of sources we can ensure users get the most out of assets like UAVs, targeting pods and other Command, Control, Computers, Communications Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (C4ISTAR) sources – whether they are troops in the field or commanders at headquarters.”

Lockheed Martin UK will demonstrate how commanders can use imagery and video in new ways, with innovative technology allowing them to bring together information from multiple sources to build a detailed picture of an area. The demonstration will also show how new low-bandwidth technology could allow troops to capture this data, together with live images from UAVs or aircraft, on hand-held computers, giving them a new perspective on the battlefield in real-time.

“In today’s environment the key to successful intelligence gathering is making information work hard and work fast,” added Holt. “New advances are giving us new ways of getting the right data to the right people rapidly and allowing people to quickly collaborate and share across protected networks, heralding a new era of intelligence gathering, dissemination and exploitation and bringing a new tactical and strategic advantage to our armed forces.”

Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks, Inc. participated in CWID 2008. Juniper provided network infrastructure including routers, application acceleration and security technology to QinetiQ, one of the world's leading defense and security technology companies, for the core networking infrastructure it is deploying within the U.K. portion of this year's CWID trials.

"The 21st century battlefield is the ultimate "mission-critical" application, where speed, reliability and security are crucial to the network and compromise cannot be tolerated," said Tim Hearn, Head of Public Sector Business, U.K., Juniper Networks. "CWID is an ideal opportunity for Juniper to showcase its high-performance network infrastructure in this multi-vendor, standards-based environment."

The core network infrastructure created and deployed by QinetiQ will include Juniper Networks M-series multi-service edge routers. These routers enable consolidation of multiple network functions (e.g. voice, video, data) onto a single IP/MPLS infrastructure, in a highly-scalable, reliable way. Juniper Networks Secure Services Gateway (SSG) and Juniper Networks Integrated Security Gateway (ISG) integrated firewall/VPN platforms, plus standalone intrusion detection and prevention platforms, are being deployed to provide comprehensive, high-performance protection and Unified Threat Management (UTM) at both the network and the application level. The Juniper security solution, certified through Common Criteria* and FIPS* programs, will also provide access and policy enforcement, plus threat and vulnerability analysis. Elements of the security deployment will also be managed by Juniper Networks NetScreen-Security Manager (NSM).

Juniper Networks WXC application acceleration platforms are being deployed to optimize the performance of numerous defense applications running across the CWID network, which are dependent on fast, reliable and secure data throughput at all times. The WXC optimizes traffic through compression and acceleration and also shapes the traffic through Quality of Service and prioritization techniques. Juniper Networks WX CMS management software is deployed, enabling QinetiQ to provide the MOD with comprehensive performance data for each application running over the network.

This year the WXC deployment is being formally assessed by the MOD against some challenging performance criteria. At a previous CWID event the Juniper Networks WXC solution achieved application optimization in excess of five times during the three-week exercise, increasing the effective bandwidth by a factor of more than six.

"Juniper Networks is working closely with the QinetiQ team which is responsible for optimizing the supplied platforms and supporting the CWID 2008 event," said Tim Crouch, head of information services and assurance for QinetiQ's Integrated Systems business. "Based on performance at previous CWID events, we are confident that Juniper will continue to prove its ability to provide the highest level of performance and networking capabilities that are sure to yield outstanding results."

Raytheon Company

Raytheon Company has demonstrated the potential to employ a U.K. adaptation of the U.S.-deployed Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) to provide a more accurate, timely understanding of an adversary and their actions. The demonstration took place during the 2008 Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration.

The Raytheon team used key technologies, including DCGS and the DCGS Integration Backbone (DIB), to integrate existing applications, data bases and shared services from diverse intelligence suppliers and users providing U.K. forces with network-enabled solutions.

This capability will give U.K. forces the ability to discover and catalogue information from otherwise disconnected systems or “hubs” of intelligence information. Additionally, Raytheon demonstrated DCGS software tools that let users organize, exploit and disseminate intelligence information in a way reminiscent of Internet operations.

The result will be a U.K. virtual knowledge base that provides commanders and warfighters with a more complete instantaneous picture of the enemy’s activities.

“The success of this demonstration is a significant achievement for Raytheon Systems Limited and our partner, the U.K. Ministry of Defence,” said Brian McKeon, managing director and chief executive, Raytheon Systems Limited. “We have leveraged a major U.S. investment in DCGS tools to provide significant new net-enabled intelligence capability by rapidly integrating existing U.K. sources of information and applications.”

“The Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration exercise dramatically demonstrates the U.K. government's ability to integrate a DCGS-like system that is uniquely for the uses of the U.K. Ministry of Defence,” said Michael D. Keebaugh, president of Raytheon’s Intelligence and Information Systems business.

The DIB uses open, international standards and capabilities commonly found outside the military community, such as in banking or transportation. The DIB provides core services and portals capabilities that allow the community of previously isolated users and systems to work together seamlessly regardless of location.

Raytheon created the DIB for U.S. forces who have invested considerable time and money to make it operationally ready. In the U.S., Raytheon is under contract for the next evolution of the DIB, called DIB 1.3.

Raytheon Systems Limited is the U.K.-based subsidiary of Raytheon Company. It is a prime contractor and major supplier to the U.K. Ministry of Defence and has developed strong capabilities in Mission Systems Integration in defense, national security and commercial markets. RSL designs, develops and manufactures a range of high technology electronic systems and software at its facilities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Thales UK

Although Thales UK has been participating in the annual CWID trials since 2002, this is a particularly important year. Of the 32 accepted trials taking place at CWID 08, five of them are from Thales UK. This is the largest number of trials from a single company this year and testifies to Thales UK’s commitment to CWID, and to working alongside our customers to fill capability gaps. You will be able to see our equipment in use during press day and talk to senior Thales staff about the technology involved.

Alex Dorrian, Thales UK Chief Executive Officer, says: "There is a clear operational imperative to improve C4ISTAR capability for future operations. This need has been recognised and a longer-term acquisition strategy is evolving within the DABINETT programme. The 'real-life' evaluations undertaken at CWID 08 enables Thales to help the MoD reduce risk on DABINETT and other current and future programmes with the ultimate goal of providing greater value for defence.

"With five trials on under evaluation this year, Thales is privileged to be an integral part of the CWID MoD-Industry Interoperability partnership and we're convinced that our £2 million of resources invested will accelerate the drive towards Network Enabled Capability.

"For Thales, as an innovative UK company providing the MoD with cutting edge capability, CWID is a valuable opportunity to demonstrate the contribution we can make to interoperability and to the integration of systems on the battlefield."

Thales UK’s demonstrations:

Demo one: Secure Enterprise Delivery
Secure Enterprise Delivery (SeED) has been developed in direct response to an MoD objective to improve support for projected operations in Afghanistan in the year 2011.

The trial demonstrates the ability to dramatically enhance the method of delivering information across the joint command structures via advanced web services. This ensures the right information will be made available and displayed at the right time therefore improving the decision-making and collaborative working process.

The introduction of advanced web solutions to support a joint operation picture demonstrates our understanding of the current deficiency. Considerable interest has already been shown from with key MoD departments prior to the demonstration

Demo two: Provision of Land Component Command Services
The trial demonstrates interoperability between UK and US command and control information systems and has been organised to investigate future interoperability between those nations using Web-based techniques. The UK system (ARRC C2IS – Allied Reaction Corp’s Command and Control Information System) was selected by the MoD as being the only C2 system in service or in development that was technologically capable to directly engage with US systems in that way.

The aim of the trial is operationally:
- to have situational awareness across the national boundary, exchanging unit information, actions and battlespace geometry;
- to plan collaboratively and produce operation orders and other shared documents;
- to exchange documents between UK and US;
- to investigate requests for coalition responses by enabling a rapid ‘call for fire’ and the delivery of artillery and other responses across national and tactical boundaries.

Demo three: Deployed Imagery On Demand (IOD)
The trial shows how imagery intelligence can be accessed over very low bandwidth, enabling more efficient use of resources on higher capacity networks. At CWID 08, this capability is being demonstrated using Thales UK’s Battle Group Thermal Imaging (BGTI) systems and Catherine MP thermal imagers, deployed in recce armoured fighting vehicles, connected via a BOWMAN radio network to the wider CWID network.

This allows a recce vehicle commander to act as a source of imagery intelligence, and enables him to receive the latest imagery intelligence information related to his mission from his Battle Group HQ and beyond.

In this scenario, the IoD engine plays the enabling role of getting appropriate image intelligence across bandwidth constrained networks. Other systems that can be connected in this way include Thales UK’s J-TAS handheld thermal imager.

Demo four: Multi Source Information and Intelligence (i2) and UAV Integration?
The trial provides the infrastructure elements of a multi-intelligence ground station that will demonstrate the use of communications intelligence, electro optic and infrared sensors to reduce the time taken to find, fix and finish operations against priority targets.

The demonstration will utilise information provided by the sensor on the bearing of the transmission from the target to allow other sensors on an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) to lock-on identify and track the potential target.

The trial will also demonstrate the ability to disseminate imagery and textual data between multiple sites across low-bandwidth links, with the aim of sharing information and exploitation resources and delivering vital information / intelligence to where it is needed. This will use Thales UK’s IoD capability.

Demo five: Joint Reconnaissance Pod (JRP) ground station interoperability
The trial shows the enhanced capability of the upgraded JRP groundstation suite, which now includes a distributed image reference library capability and common exploitation tools. Operators will have access to a much wider intelligence repository, via a Networked Image Exploitation System (NIES), including reach-back and reach-forward capabilities to national and collateral assets based outside the theatre of operation. They will aslo have real-time access to distributed storage and archive repositories.

As well as native JRP imagery, the NIES will ingest imagery from other sources, including the WATCHKEEPER and H-450 UAV systems, plus land-based ISTAR assets such as BGTI and the Catherine MP thermal imager.

Working closely with our industry partners has allowed us to demonstrate interoperability with their systems, expanding the image reference library and consequently making better use of all the image intelligence within the networked environment. This will help ensure that the right images are made available for the right people at the right time.

ESRI (UK)

ESRI (UK), provider of core geospatial software and services to the UK Ministry of Defence, is supplying the spatial services oriented architecture (SOA) being used in this year’s Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID), held by the UK Ministry of Defence on 12 and 13 June at Portsdown West, Hampshire, UK.  
 
The ESRI (UK) team is deploying a web based geospatial information system (GIS), which streamlines spatial information management.  It removes the need for shipping GIS information on media, or provides a mechanism for sharing managed information for locations with restricted infrastructure.  Since its deployment at last year’s CWID, significant capability enhancements have been incorporated by ESRI (UK), which has the UK’s largest concentration of GIS expertise, backed by the resources of the world’s market leader in GIS.  
 
This year’s CWID users will find the GIS similar in feel to using Google or Microsoft mapping on the internet, although accessing military imagery and map services.  Delivering this functionality is ESRI’s ArcGIS server, which forms the foundation of the Core NATO GIS servers.   Recently NATO awarded the Siemens Enterprise Communications- ESRI Team its Core Geographic Services contract to ensure all NATO staff, from SHAPE to deployable headquarters (HQ), have the best available geospatial information at all times.  Many servers are already deployed in UK MoD HQs and Intelligence Agencies.
 
ESRI is also teamed with Northrop Grumman for the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Commercial Joint Mapping Toolkit (CJMTK) programme.  This is the next generation geospatial and visualisation toolkit for the Department of Defense’s C2I programmes, which the UK’s new common standard programme, the Common Geospatial Toolset (CGTS), shares many aims.
 
“The need for shared situational awareness is increasing in today’s asymmetric military operations and with 85% of all data being geographically referenced, the streamlined deployment of GIS is vital to making quicker and more informed decisions at all operational levels”, said Mark Clews of the ESRI (UK) Defence & National Security Team.     

QinetiQ

QinetiQ was again tasked by the MOD to lead in providing the secure UK integrated wide area network infrastructure and core information management capability for CWID, plus is self funding one of the primary programme solutions being tested. 

Mission success often depends on information being transferred between the UK and operational commanders in the field and applications running successfully across a number of networks in theatre.  As more information is transferred it is vital that both communications links can cope with the ever increasing quantity of data generated by numerous sources and that senior officers have the right data on which to make their tactical decisions.

This premier self-funding event is a unique MOD and defence industry partnership that enables ground breaking technological solutions to be demonstrated and tested.  An on-line virtual battlefield exercise, CWID uses real data and security constraints within a realistic military scenario to support innovation and experimentation, designed to promote the best technologies available, identify MOD capability gaps, and is helping reduce risk in current procurement projects.

QinetiQ demonstrated a number of key enablers to ensure warfighter information needs are met including the provision of more resilient networks and fault logging and defect resolution techniques based upon the OGC IT Infrastructure Library best practice.  The MOD has experienced the success of deploying UAVs and Network Enabled Capability (NEC) is really beginning to prove beneficial.  Now the MOD has to face up to the challenge of ensuring NEC consistently delivers warfighting benefit and CWID continues to offer de-risking and governance opportunities.

The DABINETT programme is also of critical importance to the MOD and QinetiQ is contributing demonstrations that highlight its clear understanding of MOD requirement and the leading role QinetiQ plans to take on the supply side of this programme.   The ISTAR Virtual Knowledge Base, for example, is designed to connect multiple disparate sources of existing information across multiple security levels and forms the backbone 'Information Layer' for ISTAR to support the Intelligence Analyst.  It will access a variety of information stores, including a QinetiQ Image reference Library and provide the ability to work collaboratively within a Community of Interest.  This allows users to compose, share and evaluate competing intelligence hypotheses. These tools are underpinned by information management technologies and an Information Catalogue which provides a single point of access to information irrespective of where it is stored in the battlespace.

“QinetiQ is successfully demonstrating the key components of an ISTAR Virtual Knowledge Base,” concluded Richard Ley, QinetiQ’s Programme Director for Information Superiority.  “This will ensure that the warfighter in Afghanistan gets the actionable intelligence required to support battle-winning decision making and that the MOD is well informed about the emerging technologies that it requires to make sound strategic and viable commercial decisions.”

BAE SYSTEMS

BAE Systems demonstrated how its logistics, communications and ISTAR capability can increase operational effectiveness and interoperability on coalition operations.

BAE Systems communications expertise was demonstrated by the FALCON communication and information system. Building on the success of CWID 07, FALCON will provide a core infrastructure service across the UK CWID domain with the provision of both local area networks (LAN) and a wide area system (WAS). 

The ISTAR demonstration will show how a federated digital data depository (D3) image and intelligence product management system can form part of a virtual knowledge base (VKB) providing access to a wide variety of imagery from such formats as diverse as still imagery; electro-optical (EO), infra-red (IR) and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) plus full motion video (FMV) imagery. This demonstration will also form an integral part of the Directorate of Equipment Capability's ISTAR and Command, Control and Information Infrastructure (CCII) command and control (C2) end to end intelligence demonstration.

Operational logistics services will be demonstrated by the JCS(Logs) toolset which currently provides the UK MoD with a joined-up view of the operational supply chain. At CWID 08 BAE Systems will demonstrate how the existing JCS(Logs) capability can be integrated with a range of existing and emerging National and Coalition logistics tools to deliver a configurable Joint Logistics Picture (JLP).

Major Jason Hazelwood, Senior Officer within the UK MoD CWID core team said “BAE Systems’ involvement with Falcon, the digital data repository and operational logistics services are important steps in delivering future capability to our forces. The key benefits will be the delivery of better, shared information over secure and resilient infrastructures within theatres of operation.”

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