C4I Center Seminar Series:
Advancing Command and Control Interoperability
with Simulations in a University/Industry Project

Dr. Mark Pullen of the C4I Center presents
“Advancing Command and Control Interoperability with Simulations in a University/Industry Project”


Since 2003, a community focused on achieving interoperability among command and control (C2) systems and simulation systems has developed a new area of technology known as Battle Management Language (BML). Their vision is that a common basis for interoperation will lead to a future where military organizations can link their C2 and simulation systems without special preparation, in support of coalition operations. This seminar will describe a project to incorporate a Coalition BML capability into an operational military C2 system by integrating capabilities of an open source BML server (SBMLserver) from the George Mason University C4I Center into the Widely Integrated Systems Environment (WISE) for C2, developed by Saab Corporation. Use of this system combined Saab’s 9LandBMS C2 system with WISE, SBMLserver, and the US Army OneSAF simulation system. The 9LandBMS system is capable of operating in degraded communication environments, introducing the challenge of successful interoperabilty with data-intensive simulation systems in such an environment. The seminar will address the issues and current state of technology and standards for C2-simulation interoperability and explain the design and implementation principles employed for its incorporation into WISE. The resulting new capability offers coalitions the ability to achieve the long-sought goal of C2-simulation interoperation, using off-the-shelf products.


Dr. Mark Pullen is Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center of Excellence MPullenin Command, Control, Communications, Computing, and Intelligence (C4I). Previously he was an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the US Military West Point, NY. Dr. Pullen’s research interests include net-worked multimedia applications, emphasizing command and control, networked education and training, distributed virtual simulation, and interoperation of command and control simulations. Dr. Pullen is Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of the ACM, and licensed Professional Engineer. He is a recipient of the IEEE Harry Diamond Memorial Award “for designing and developing a worldwide network supporting distributed simulation and command control technology for the Department of Defense.” He received the Defense Superior Service Award on retirement from the U.S. Army. He is the author of over 150 publications, including the book, “Understanding Internet Protocols (Wiley, 2000) and developer of two open source software packages, the Network Workbench and Network EducationWare.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Engineering Building Room 4705