A Policy-Driven Information Exchange Network

Report No. ARL-MR-704
Authors: Mark R. Mittrick; John T. Richardson; Richard C. Kaste
Date/Pages: July 2008; 24 pages
Abstract: Tactical information exchange, involving levels of interdependent and sometimes conflicting policies, presents many difficulties. This is a critical problem for today's fighting forces, one that the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Brigade and Below Battlespace Awareness Network project is addressing. In certain battlefield situations, mechanisms must be implemented to allow information to move across domains. A major objective of the project is to develop decision-making capabilities for releasing information, using KAoS, which was developed at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. KAoS policy services allow for the specification, management, conflict resolution, and enforcement of policies within domains. In an attempt to remedy the cross-domain issue, these services test policies that incorporate tactical awareness into the information release decision. Innovative solutions require changes in information policy as well as new models and methods. Requirements for and impediments to tactical information exchange, integration with academic/industrial software, simulated data sets for experimentation, and techniques for implementing a prototype are investigated. This report provides an overview of our research in support of a policy-driven information exchange network.
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Last Update / Reviewed: July 1, 2008