As the DoD faces more varied operations and dynamic force structures, it becomes increasingly difficult to manage the information space (data and services) as a homogeneous entity. It needs to be differentiated into specialized units (termed `habitats') that serve to provide context to individual human or automated components. These habitats must support: controlled component interaction, supplying contextual information to components, predictable recruitment of resources, and; distributed situational awareness.
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