Hello XMSF world:

Battle Management Language (BML) is being developed as an unambiguous language to command and control forces and equipment conducting military operations and provide for situational awareness and a shared, common operational picture.  BML is being designed as a standard representation of a "digitized commander's intent" to be used for real troops, for simulated troops, and for future robotic forces. Three views are necessary to describe BML:

(1) A Doctrine View: BML must be aligned to doctrine;
(2) A Representation View: BML must model these aspects;
(3) A Protocol View: BML must specify the underlying protocols for transferring BML.

The NATO Research and Technology (RTO) Modeling & Simulation Group (MSG) agreed to establish the Exploratory Team ET-016 to evaluate the applicability of the ideas of a common Battle Management Language during the recent meeting in October.  In parallel, the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO) launched a Study Group to evaluate necessary and applicable standards in the domain of "Coalition Battle Management Language" in September (SG CBML). Both groups agreed to have a collocated meeting to initiate and align the activities for 2005.  The meeting will be conducted on Wednesday, December 8, 2004, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM during the I/ITSEC 2004 in Orlando, Florida. We are working on the room issue, but you can contact the VMASC booth for further information. We are looking forward to see you there.

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Andreas Tolk, Ph.D. Senior Research Scientist Virginia Modeling, Analysis & Simulation Center Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA 23529