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Practical use of BML and MSDL standards for supporting French German training

: El Abdouni Khayari, R.; Lotz, H.B.; Krosta, U.; Khimeche, L.; Cuneo, X.; Remmersmann, T.

Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization -SISO-:
Fall Simulation Interoperability Workshop, Fall SIW 2015 : Orlando, Florida, USA, 31 August - 4 September 2015
Red Hook, NY: Curran, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-5108-1705-0
Fall Simulation Interoperability Workshop (SIW) <2015, Orlando/Fla.>
Fraunhofer FKIE ()

Force readiness, support to operations and capabilities development heavily lean on C2 and Simulation. Developing common interfaces for the exchange of military information among C2 and simulation systems can lead to significant cost-reduction and greatly facilitates systems’ integration. The Military Scenario Definition Language (MSDL) and the coalition Battle Management Language (C-BML) standards to support scenario initialization and scenario execution address C2SIM interoperability issues and offer a solution to bridge the gap between the two conceptually different systems.
The C2SIM proof of feasibility and concept has been demonstrated within NATO Groups activities such as MSG-048 and MSG-085. Thanks largely to significant involvement from the operational community, a clearer scope and refined set of operational and technical requirements for C2SIM interoperability has been established. This was done via a series of experiments highlighting the C2SIM benefits for several military uses-cases like training and collaborative distributed planning. The findings and lessons learned, rich in content from experimental work, provided a set of operational and technical requirements for C2SIM interoperation. Those have proven to be useful for the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO) C-BML and MSDL standardization activities.
In addition, bi-national projects like the French-German COMELEC co-operation umbrella also performed experimentations to assess the applicability of C-BML and MSDL standards. This was done with the objectives to ease the settings and to improve training exercises execution of the French-German Brigade as well as its subordinate units. Hence, the French and German legacy C2 systems (FIS-H, SICF, SIR) and training simulations (KORA, SWORD) were enriched with MSDL and C-BML interfaces.
Two experimentation events took place both in France and in Germany with the deep involvement of end-users and with a large military audience from National Command Post (CP) training center. The capabilities that were demonstrated have opened the way for being deployed soon mainly to address national CP training requirements.
This paper intends to share the experience and the lessons learned collected during the two demonstration events. It highlights the military goals, the operational organizations, the scenario, the technical architectures and the remaining works that are needed for military acceptance. It concludes with proposals regarding the convergence of MSDL and C-BML standards.
2015 Fall ‘SIWzie’ Awarded paper.