Transformation of military information systems to a network-centric paradigm will remove traditional barriers to
interoperability and enable dynamic access to information and analysis resources. The technical challenges of
accomplishing network-centric warfare (NCW) require the engineering of agile distributed software components imbued
with the ability to operate autonomously on behalf of human individuals, while maintaining system level integrity,
security, and performance efficiency on a grand scale.
In this paper, we will describe how agents provide a critical technology enabler for applying emerging commercial
technologies, such as web services, into network-centric warfare problems. The objective of our research is developing
and sharing battlespace awareness and understanding. Our agent information service manages information collection and
dissemination/publishing activities on behalf of fusion services in an autonomous, yet controllable fashion. Agents
improve the scalability and reliability at the system of systems level through dynamic selection and exploitation of web
services based upon needs and capabilities.
As military tactics evolve toward execution centric operations the ability to analyze vast amounts of mission relevant
data is essential to command and control decision making. To maintain operational tempo and achieve information
superiority we have developed Vigilant Advisor, a mobile agent-based distributed Plan Execution Monitoring system.
It provides military commanders with continuous contingency monitoring tailored to their preferences while
overcoming the network bandwidth problem often associated with traditional remote data querying. This paper presents
an overview of Plan Execution Monitoring as well as a detailed view of the Vigilant Advisor system including key
features and statistical analysis of resource savings provided by its mobile agent-based approach.