CMOSS is Rolling Forward
Published in Military Embedded Systems
The U.S. Army CCDC [Combat Capabilities Development Command] C5ISR Center’s C5ISR/EW [Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance/Electronic Warfare] Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS) defines an open architecture that reduces the size, weight, power, and cost of systems deployed on ground vehicles by enabling in-vehicle hardware and software resources to be shared. A panel on CMOSS at a U.S. Army Technical Exchange Meeting held earlier this year provided details on new developments underway and areas in which the Army is looking to industry for help in taking the suite of standards from prototype to deployment.
CMOSS is seen as a key enabler for rapidly deploying new updates and enhancements, and for modifying and adapting capabilities as threats and technology evolve. By eliminating data stovepipes, CMOSS makes the sharing of hardware between systems simpler where appropriate, enabling optimized integration and utilization of all the sensor information available on the platform. Moreover, the use of open standards will greatly improve the user experience for soldiers and reduce their cognitive burden. CMOSS also promises to help drive advances in automation and the deployment of machine learning/artificial intelligence (ML/AI) applications for tasks that can run at machine speed instead of human speeds.
To date, a number of CMOSS solutions have been prototyped and applications have been demonstrated across the entire C5ISR suite, ranging from EW and PNT [position, navigation, and timing], to wireless comms and command and control. The Army’s planned next step is to engage in operational experimentation and pursue mature solutions. As the CMOSS standard rolls forward, the Army also plans to establish labs where CMOSS-aligned hardware solutions can be integrated and their capabilities assessed.
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