22 May 2013 U.K. MoD Land Open Systems Architecture and coalition interoperability with the U.S.
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The UK Land Open System Architecture (LOSA) is an open, service-based architecture for systems integration and interoperability in the land environment. It is being developed in order to deliver coherent and agile force elements at readiness to operations. LOSA affects planning, delivery and force generation, and supports Future Force 2020. This paper will review the objectives of LOSA and the progress made to date; before focusing on an approach to achieve plug-and-play interoperability of ISR assets. This approach has been proposed to the US DoD Coalition Warfare Program Office as a programme to develop a technology solution to achieve the goal of ISR interoperability. The approach leverages the efforts of the UK Land Open System Architecture (LOSA) and the US Terra Harvest (TH) programs. An open architecture approach is used to enable rapid integration and for disparate assets to autonomously operate collaboratively and coherently; assets share situational awareness and cue other assets when a prescribed set of operational conditions are met. The objective of the interoperability programme being to develop a common lexicon and coherent approach to collaborative operation and information release.
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Gavin Pearson, Gavin Pearson, Mike Kolodny, Mike Kolodny, "U.K. MoD Land Open Systems Architecture and coalition interoperability with the U.S.", Proc. SPIE 8742, Ground/Air Multisensor Interoperability, Integration, and Networking for Persistent ISR IV, 87420C (22 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2016131; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2016131

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