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  1. Coalition Interoperability via Formatted Messaging November 15, 2005 Barbara E. McArdle PD, Common Software Bmcardle@jbmanagement.com

  2. Strategic Imperatives • Implement Transformation Initiatives • Improve Capabilities for Homeland Defense • Improve Proficiencies Against Irregular Challenges • Improve Capabilities for Stability Operations • Achieve Army Force Capabilities to Dominate in Complex Terrain • Improve Army Capabilities for Strategic Responsiveness • Improve Global Force Posture • Improve Capabilities for Battle Command • Improve Joint Fires Capabilities • Improve Capabilities for Joint Logistics Formatted Military Messaging meets these imperatives by providing joint and coalition interoperability through standardized, highly reliable means of information transfer.

  3. Advantages of Formatted Messaging • Use of established standards for joint & coalition interoperability • Established and trained communications method • Compact for radio transmission; compression is available • Speed of service • Reliable feedback & acknowledgement

  4. How? • Use the Common Message Processor (CMP) • Java GOTS product developed for the US Army by JB Management, Inc. • CMP is a complete product that is compliant with standards and provides the tools to use formatted messaging.

  5. Overview of CMP • Message processor for structured messages • Message Types • United States Message Text Format (USMTF) • Variable Message Format (VMF, MIL-STD-6017) to include Package 11 • Artillery Systems Cooperation Activities (ASCA) • Allied Data Publication No 3 (AdatP3) • Over the Horizon (OTH) -Gold • Headers • MIL-STD-2045-47001B, MIL-STD-2045-47001C • Allied Communication Publication (ACP) -127 • Upper Layer Protocol (ULP) • Allied Communication Publication (ACP) -126(M) • Joint Army Navy Air Force Publication (Janap) 128 • Department of Defense (DD) 173 Established Standards

  6. Overview (continued) • User-friendly and intuitive interfaces • Provides the warfighter with the ability to: • Generate • Edit • Parse • Validate • Journal • Manage military formatted messages • Provides full suite of Java and C++ Application Program Interfaces (APIs) • Multiple Platform Support • Solaris, Windows, Linux, Power PC • Segmented for DISA Common Operating Environment and Unsegmented for Microsoft Windows and Linux applications.

  7. Use of CMP by the Services • Used for Tactical and Non-tactical Messaging • Integrated with Defense Messaging System (DMS) • Army • The Army’s message processor • An Army Battle Command System component • Air Force • TBMCS uses for validation of USMTF messages • MISREP tool expected use for validation • Navy • The Navy’s message processor • Marine Corps • C2PC uses internally for parsing and validation Other tools and products use CMP internally for parsing and validation

  8. General CMP Benefits • Field Tested and Proven • Meets Chief of Staff US Army Guidance concerning Joint Systems • Used by DoD Agencies and all services • JITC Certified and IAW standard • Supports NATO message format • Integrates with Host Applications for automated processing of messages • Established help desk

  9. Obtaining CMP • Available through PM Battle Command, Product Director, Common Software • Available through individual FMS cases

  10. Background Slides Back up Slides

  11. Planned Improvements - 2006 • Support for Browser-based clients • Message Editor Improvements • Tactical Gateway with MS Exchange

  12. Documentation • User’s Manual • Programmer’s Manual • API Manual • Installation Procedures • System Administrators Manual • Software Version Description • Software Test Description, Plan and Report • Soldier Quick Guides • Trouble shooting Guides