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High Assurance Tactical SOA (Service Oriented Architecture)

High Assurance Tactical addresses the issue of occasionally connected sensor services at the tactical edge-of-the-GIG.  Emphasis is on IA models for “open architecture”.  HATS features live tactical UAVsoutfitted with various sensors of differing security classifications that deliver ISR-as-a-service.  The sensors are protected by high assurance SOA, specifically Multiple Independent Layers of Security (MILS) architecture, including eventually the High Assurance Platform (HAP.)   Concept is to enable RAdAC via dynamic need-to-know vs. need-to-share policy.   Use cases include tactical UAVs, with onboard sensors of various security classification levels, interacting with coalition players in various C4ISR scenarios and mission threads.  

Raytheon Missiles SystemsTuscon supports HATS with Internal Research and Development resources.  


Document "Assured Sharing for Trusted Embedded Environments (ASTEE)"



Open SOA Test Framework (Service Oriented Architecture)

OSTF addresses the issue of testing and certifying SOA performance, including especially Information Assurance andInformation Interoperability, in context with realistic, edge-of-the-GIG, Defense use cases.  OSTF features a distributed SOA test laboratory built and documented meticulously according to OSD GIG policy.  OSTF components are:

  • Testing-as-a-Service, a suite of multiple, mostly open source, on line test tools
  • SOA Test Harness, a plug and play middleware stack that includes on open source baseline
  • Notional Netcentric Systems Under Test, a suite of Live, Virtual, and Constructive (LVC) simulations that enable mash up of “any-sensor-with-any-shooter.”

Each of these OSTF components is itself a service architecture.  Hence OSTF is a federation of distributed service architectures.  The concept is to test and certify SOA component performance in context with impact on simulated mission outcomes.  

Teledyne Solutions Internal Research and Development (IRaD) supports OSTF.

Document "OSTF presentation medium"


Value-Based Acquisition Framework

Value Acquisition Framework addresses the issue of adapting commercial best practice for IT acquisition to the constraints of the FAR and Defense Acquisition process.  VAF uses the traditionally successful Key Performance Parameter (KPP) “Operational Availability” A as a point of departure.  It abstracts the idea of Ao to create objective process-level, systems-level, and mission-level metrics appropriate for modern, distributed, software-intensive, Systems of Systems.  

Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) research grants support  NPS VAF work.

 Documents "VAF Brief", "VAF Technical Memo"


Marine Corps ISR Enterprise (Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance)

The MCISR-E Roadmap mandates a profound transformation in doctrine, organization, and equipment in response to a profoundly changing military threat, fiscal reality, and technological landscape. The mandate calls for increased operational agility with respect to cross-organizational information processing.  Likewise, it calls for increased agility with respect to cross-organizational acquisition of Information Technology (IT.) That is, it calls for “Rapid Evolutionary Acquisition” (REA).

MCISR-E is tackling REA on many fronts including the following:

Using sematic technology to automate the defense acquisition bureaucratic, paper documentation process. (SIDECAR - Semantically-Informed Dynamic Engineering of Capabilities and Requirements)

"Flattening" several existing programs into a single enterprise ISR platform

Rapid Prototyping (RapidPro) Valued Information at the Right Time (VIRT) (RPV)

Documents "SIDECAR executive Summary", "Enterprise ISR platform"


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