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Title:The Coalition Agents Experiment: Network-Enabled Coalition Operations
Authors: D Allsopp ; P Beautement ; M Kirton ; Austin Tate ; J. M. Bradshaw ; N Suri ; M Burstein
Date:Sep 2003
Publication Title:Special Issue on Network-enabled Capabilities, Journal of Defence Science
Publisher:Ministry of Defence
Publication Type:Journal Article Publication Status:Published
Volume No:8(3) Page Nos:130-141
Multinational coalitions are increasingly important in military operations. But coalitions today suffer from heterogeneous command systems, labour-intensive information collection and coordination, and different and incompatible ways of representing information. The purpose of Network Enabled Capability (NEC) is to enhance military capability by exploiting information better. The Coalition Agents Experiment (CoAX) was an international collaborative research effort to examine how the emerging technologies of software agents and the semantic web could help to construct coherent command support systems for coalition operations. Technology demonstrations based on a realistic coalition scenario showed how agents and associated technologies facilitated run-time interoperability across the coalition, responded well to unexpected battlespace events, and aided the selective sharing of information between coalition partners. We describe the CoAX experiments, the approaches and technologies used, and highlight how they support the NEC concept. CoAX produced a prototype "Coalition agents starter pack" that could be developed further to support coalition warfare.
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author = { D Allsopp and P Beautement and M Kirton and Austin Tate and J. M. Bradshaw and N Suri and M Burstein },
title = {The Coalition Agents Experiment: Network-Enabled Coalition Operations},
journal = {Special Issue on Network-enabled Capabilities, Journal of Defence Science},
publisher = {Ministry of Defence},
year = 2003,
month = {Sep},
volume = {8(3)},
pages = {130-141},
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