As Defence Forces around the world increasingly utilise computer based Command & Control (C2) systems, they are accumulating an enormous amount of information relating to operations at the unit level within their databases. Ideally, this information should be converted to knowledge and insight that supports tactical, operational and strategic decision making, provided staff have full and easy access to the information and can apply effective metric based analysis reporting.

Computer-based C2 systems are not solely restricted to operational information and processing as many also include training courses, asset management and personnel status. This in turn, opens up access to historical information relating to unit currencies, personnel currencies, asset utilisation, course results and much more.

Unlocking the historical trove of information within these systems will allow the savvy operator to identify trends, determine the impacts of procedural change and perform “what if” analysis to assess potential future changes. Unfortunately, this information remains locked within a system unless staff are able to easily extract the information as and when they require, and in a format to suit their need.

This is an excerpt from an article that has been authored by Ocean Software Project Manager, Grant McHerron, and has been published in the Australian Defence Magazine. The full article is available to read online in the Air Power edition, or can be downloaded in PDF format > ADM Feb 2017 C2 from Ocean