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