Accession Number : ADA255056

Title :   Joint Tactical Information Distribution System Interoperability: Is it a Solution?

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 2 Aug 91-5 Jun 92,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Sharer, Wayne D.

Report Date : 05 JUN 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 115

Abstract : This study investigates the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS), an automated, tactical command and control system. JTIDS is being developed to enhance coordination of air defense operations in joint and combined operations. This thesis researches JTIDS' suitability for solving interoperability problems within the U.S. military services, and the probable causes for its extended developmental time. The system has been under development officially since 1975 and, in 1992, still has not achieved initial operational capability (IOC) in any branch of the military. In reviewing the progress of the JTIDS program, a lack of commitment to joint development by the Navy and the Air Force is revealed. Unfortunately, this behavior was supported by the policies of the time provided by both the Department of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Despite attempts by DoD to strive toward improved interoperability, Joint and Service doctrine failed to clearly define the requirement for compatible capabilities. in spite of the many stumbling blocks of JTIDS development, the system is nearing its official IOC and is likely to provide the interoperability and capability required to carry the arena of joint air defense well into the 21st century. Tactical Command and Control, JTIDS, C2, Acquisition, Joint Operations, Automated C2, C2 Systems.

Descriptors :   *COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, *INTEROPERABILITY, ACQUISITION, AIR DEFENSE, AIR FORCE, BEHAVIOR, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, DISTRIBUTION, NAVY, POLICIES, REQUIREMENTS, THESES, TIME, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, MILITARY DOCTRINE, INFORMATION SYSTEMS, COMMAND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE