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Using the Enterprise Engine (EE) for Building Integrated Fires (IF)

The Navy's Integrated Fires (IF) advanced operational capability imagines integrating data from several legacy stovepipes. The Enterprise Engine (EE) offers an integration approach which appears faster, cheaper, and smarter while enabling semantic interoperability.

Integrated Fires is designed to leverage combat, ISR, and C2 data in combination to improve target acquisition, precision, and persistent targeting. IF is similar in its objectives to the new Navy Integrated Fires-Counter Air (NIF-CA) effort that combines sensors and systems across a network of platforms. While NIF-CA focuses on air defense, think of IF as focusing on persistent targeting of maritime targets.

Because IF requires complex integration across legacy systems not initially required to work together, IF faces many integrating challenges. Further, to make sense of the proposed onslaught of diverse data requires semantic interoperability.

EE is a semantic integration framework designed and proven to easily, rapidly, and affordably integrate disparate systems, both new and legacy. EE has proved successful in supporting the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab's Marine-machine interdependence project called UTACC.

How can such an innovative capability be used to help the Navy build IF, reduce risk, and accelerate new capabilities to the Fleet? Innovation is a process. This research proposes to determine the innovation steps necessary to use EE to support IF development across organizational boundaries, and make recommendations for accelerating IF.
NPS Naval Research Program
NPS Naval Research Program