In June I visited the CWID 2007 in Lillehammer in Norway to witness how to achieve agility and reduce the decision cycle.
CWID 2007 is the premier event to investigate coalition interoperability issues. CWID is an annual event enabling combatant commanders and the international community to investigate command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) solutions that focus on relevant and timely objectives for enhancing coalition interoperability. In 2007 SAP participated for the third time at CWID.
A SAP Case Study describes in detail the Capabilities verified during CWID 2005 / 2006, in summary:
– Supporting Decentralized ERP Systems interconnected to the homeland system
– Providing organizational and resource data for C2IS
– Process Integration between SAP ERP and C2IS
How are military forces transforming to achieve agility and become interoperable?
To achieve Agility Defense Forces have to innovate Concept of Operations, transform organization and adapt technology. Are Mission Capability Packages the transformation enabler needed to achieve Agility? Part II I introduced the Mission Capability Package as the fundamental building block for resource management & battle management.
According to Col John Boyd, decision-making occurs in a cycle of observe-orient-decide-act . A military organization that can process this cycle quickly, observing and reacting to unfolding events more rapidly than an opponent, can thereby “get inside” the opponent’s decision cycle and gain a military or business advantage.
To shorten the decision cycle SAP has linked Resource Management to Battle Management. Decisions now can be based on nearly real-time Resource Management Information. Interoperability is achieved by utlizing ADatP-3, MIP and Interfaces to ADAMS, LOGREP & ORBAT. This year also Service Oriented Architecture was implemented successfully to bridge ERP to C2.
At CWID 2007 a Security Gateway ( RSGate ) allowed to pass information from a black network to a red network and back again, crossing security boundaries. The SAP Demonstration – GER-SAP-DFPS ERP-C2IS – was part of the German demonstrations.
The Value demonstrated by SAP @ CWID 2007 is:
– high quality reports and automated data entry for J1, J3Org, J4 and J5
– enabeling real time integration of logistic and operational processes between CCIS and SAP ERP System
– collaboration with NATO Functional Area Services
– Providing consistent information across security domain boundaries
Transition in Technology
I currently observe a transition in technology:
– From message based, e.g. ADatP-3 point-to-point, not robust, difficult to enhance
– to replication, e.g. MIP standardized data model, lower bandwidth, offline capable, complex
– to web services, flexible, modular, limited use for realtime and low bandwidth (tactical)
The SAP solution delivers mission critical information to the military commander’s decision cycle. It is possible to integrate very different Functional Area Services by means of the SAP’s proven and reliable functionality as well as of existing Service Oriented Architecture technology.
Interoperability within the organization and between coalition partners have to be be based on harmonized processes and agreed upon standards (STANAG, MIP and others).
As demonstrated at CWID SAP contributes to the Defense community by delivering a Defense-dedicated resource management system and a service-oriented integration and composition platform.