C2-MATE: Command and Control Model-based Architecture Tool for Evaluation

Period of Performance: 12/11/2003 - 06/10/2004

$120K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Array
Woburn, MA 01801
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Rapidly evolving technology and network connectivity are enabling innovative command and control systems, concepts, and strategies, yet no accepted measures exist for assessing the effectiveness of those innovations. Because effective C2 outcomes are difficult to define, and the contribution of individual behaviors to those outcomes is rarely clear, a model or framework is needed to guide measure development. We propose to develop the C2-MATE-a C2 Model-based Architecture Tool for Evaluation. This tool will provide users with the capability to: (1) develop a model of the C4ISR architecture for the C2 unit or component being assessed (e.g., a command post or Tactical Operations Center); (2) use the model output to identify the most important factors to be measured; and (3) generate examples of data collection strategies for obtaining empirical data on the desired measures. The final product (in Phase II) will be a C2-MATE tool that identifies appropriate measures based on an architecture model and draws on a library of operational measures and data collection methods and instruments to make recommendations for C2 assessment. Although the initial focus will be on the Army C2 TOC, the tool will be designed to support C2 measurement in a variety of environments.