C4ISR

Command and Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR). This is a common military term, but it is very applicable to commercial industry and users today. Some commercial synonyms include:

  • Decision Support Systems – Provide needed and timely information to decision-makers, such as the location and status of members, status of processes, and levels of supplies.
  • Location-Based Services (LBS) – An example of LBS is the use of cellphones to ask “Where am I? Where are you? Where is the closest gas station?”
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) – Mapquest, Google Maps, and Google Earth – These are examples of using and manipulating digital maps.
  • Instant Messaging and Email – We work communications between people and systems, in both real-time (fast, instantaneous, interactive) and asynchronous environments.
  • Transactional Systems – Request supplies or services, and receive responses and start a workflow of actions. Amazon.com and any ordering website would be a good example.
  • Imagery and video – Examples are Google Images, Youtube, and Pintrest. We develop products to manage, search, view and distribute imagery and video.

DeVil-Tech personnel have been key leaders in DoD for the development of C4ISR tools and systems; Chief Engineer for Ground Command and Control Systems for the Marine Corps and Northrop Grumman Director of C2 Systems for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). The products we have led have been used by tens of thousands of users across the world.

Our work within C4ISR spans across the gamut of capabilities, to include

  • Systems Engineering (SE) , which includes requirements engineering, risk assessment, Cost and technical modeling and assessment, configuration management and System of Systems (SoS) Testing.
  • Enterprise Architecture , to understand the technical and operational context of the systems and applications.
  • Software engineering and prototyping.
  • Project Management, to lead and coordinate all efforts to a successful conclusion.

Key C4ISR products and systems we have led and helped develop:

Global Command and Control System-Joint (GCCS-J). GCCS-J is a globally fielded, mission critical system used for near real-time situational awareness of the battlespace for all military services and Joint commands. Land and sea forces, aircraft, sensor tracks, battlefield measures, orders, and messages are correlated and processed by this system.
Command and Control Personal Computer (C2PC) / Joint Tactical COP Workstation (JTCW). C2PC/JTCW is both a client to GCCS-J as well as a major client-server and web services system based on MS Windows. DeVil-Tech’s founder was the primary specifier and design review expert for this GIS system, in both the government and developer. We managed C++/Java development, as well as the use of DDS real-time middleware.
Tactical Operations Center (TOC) / Maneuver Control System (MCS) Interface. Our personnel designed and tested the primary interface between the Army and Marine Corps’ main maneuver systems, in coordination with Joint Forces Command and the Joint Interoperability Test Command. We designed the Variable Message Format (VMF) message interface, down to the field level, and led it through the joint certification process.
UAV Plot. We have worked with Science and Technology Organizations, such as the Office of Naval Research (ONR), to create mission critical products for the warfighter. We led the proposal development, specification, and management of an ONR/C2PC application for tracking Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and their sensor coverage area using XML-based protocols.Net-Enabled Command Capability (NECC). NECC was the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) system meant to replace GCCS-J. Our personnel worked closely with DISA to develop web service specifications and prototype Capability Modules. We also led the planning and execution of the prototype test, coordinating between all the military Services across the country.
Agile Client. Our Vice President led the development of the Agile Client for GCCS-J, a new client based on Java using the NetBeans platform. We integrated this GIS with the NASA Whirlwind 3-D mapping display engine, to give users a 3-D view of the battlespace.
Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) Integrated C4ISR Suite. The next generation amphibious vehicle, EFV provides digital map display, messaging, and C2 capability to Marine forces. Our engineers were involved in the integration of major Marine Corps C4I systems, such as C2PC, AFATDS, and TCO, into a combat vehicle using virtualization technology.

Last modified 2014-10-30.

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