8. Battlefield Interoperability Project (France)
Description: This project will extend U.S. Digitization of the Battlefield concepts and techniques to France. This will be a stand alone effort which will leverage existing efforts ongoing with Germany in relationship to a follow-on to the Combat Vehicle Command and Control System MOU Amendment A. The objective of the proposed effort is to establish a capability necessary for the conduct of joint research and development efforts needed to implement, evaluate, and validate improved interoperability between the tactical (regiments/ battalion and companies) command and control systems of the respective nations. The U.S. approach to demonstrating interoperability is the implementation of an intelligent translation gateway box which will receive variable message format (VMF) messages from a Command Post (CP) on the U.S. side and convert them in real time to French common ADatP3 message format for transmission to a French CP and vice versa.
Justification: The completion of these tasks will lead to the development of equipment and software suitable for providing technical, functional, and operational interoperability between the systems of the two countries. The necessary procedural, operational, and technical translations will be effected to achieve the required interoperability. A series of laboratory experiments utilizing both U.S. and French facilities will be performed leading to a field demonstration of the developed capability.
Implementation: There is an existing agreement in this technology area with France which could potentially expedite implementation of a specific program agreement to address this opportunity.
Dr. Rodney Smith
Army Materiel Command
5001 Eisenhower Blvd
Alexandria, VA 22333-0001
Mr. Robert Both
U.S. Army CECOM
Fort Monmouth, NJ 07703