Quantitative Methods in Defense and National Security 2007

Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) Data Sharing (DS) Community of Interest (COI)
Mark Andress, (Office of Naval Intelligence), mandress@nmic.navy.mil,
Beth Gorko, (Coast Guard), beth.gorko@uscg.mil, and
John Macaluso, (Coast Guard), john.j.macaluso@uscg.mil


The Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) Data Sharing (DS) Community of Interest (COI) was established in February 2006 to focus on maritime information sharing among federal agencies and their partners. The primary objective of the MDA DS COI is to develop a data standard that supports net-centric information sharing across the full spectrum of MDA stakeholders, culminating in the visibility, accessibility, and understandability of data on a User Defined Operational Picture (UDOP).

The MDA DS COI is led by the Executive Committee, co-chaired by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard. In addition to the Executive Committee, there is a GS15/O-6 Steering committee and three Working Groups. The Data Management working group is charged with developing the common vocabulary and schema for the data sets selected; the Pilot Demonstration working group is charged with delivering a real-world technological demonstration that implements the common schema in a net-centric environment to share data among community members; and the Joint Implementation & Services working group is charged with identifying future Spirals and establishing relationships with potential partners.

There are multiple Spirals associated with the MDA DS COI, with each Spiral consisting of a Development Phase and Assessment Phase. The first Spiral provides a limited number of sources of unclassified Automatic Identification System (AIS) information net-centrically available on the Defense Information Services Agencys (DISA) Net-Centric Enterprise Services (NCES). Spiral 1 AIS Publishers include: U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center, Office of Naval Intelligence, Department of Transportation (DoT) VOLPE Center, and U.S. Navy Organic (shore/afloat).

Follow-on Spirals will increase AIS information available via NCES to COCOMS and non-DoD Intelligence and Operations centers (e.g., the National Operations Center (NOC)). In October 2006, the MDA DS COI Spiral 1 Pilot Flag Demonstration took place at the National Maritime Intelligence Center (NMIC). This event was very well attended and received very positive feedback from DoD and DHS stakeholders. The Pilot demonstrated a new paradigm for information sharing that decoupled the source providers from their normal display and provided the information to any available consumers (authenticated and authorized) in a common vocabulary using the DISA NCES messaging bus. The Pilot also demonstrated a new method for an unanticipated authorized user to first discover AIS data, then present the data on a given UDOP display (I-Map, Google Earth, etc.). The level of visibility of the COI work has increased significantly since the initial Pilot, with plans for another Executive Demonstration and the continuation of way ahead discussion focused on the scope, funding, and transition path of future MDA DS COI Spirals.

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