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Australia's DSTO Developing [C.sup.3]I System.

The Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) is developing a research tool to discover and demonstrate how it is possible to build what it terms a "future-proof" integrated command, control, communications and intelligence ([C.sup.3]I) system.

The Experimental [C.sup.3]I Technology Environment (EXC3ITE) is a capability and technology demonstrator under the DSTO's Takari Program, an integrated research and development effort designed to provide the Australian Defence Forces with the capability to fight and win information-based warfare. The DSTO is developing the system through its own research, coalition operations with international defense organizations and collaboration with industry -- including Telstra; Optus; Vision Abell; the Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence Research Forum; and academic institutions. The EXC3ITE's communication system relies on industry-supplied technology.

The EXC3ITE demonstration aims to show how it is possible to build a secure, integrated [C.sup.3]I system efficiently and effectively. At the same time, the DSTO is also seeking more efficient ways of delivering functionality to users by exploiting advances in technology, particularly in the areas of distributed computer systems and wideband-communications systems.

Ultimately, the DSTO hopes to demonstrate how to create a seamless, secure and interoperable environment using technology that is scaleable for use across all levels of command -- from Headquarters-Australian Theatre to the commander in the field.

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Author:Rivers, B.
Publication:Journal of Electronic Defense
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Jan 1, 2000
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