However, immediate solutions to the integration problem led to standardizing ABCS on Extensible Markup Language (XML), defining ABCS in commercial off-the-shelf compatible information architecture, and providing Web services through a publish and subscribe interface as the integration engine.
The Development Test and Integration (DT&I), or test-fix-test phase of ABCS 6.
After the formal integration testing at the CTSF, an ABCS 6.
Some initial issues were: SOS integration after the fact; undefined communications and network architectures; ABCS good enough not being in current Army documentation; operational requirements documents (ORDs) in various stages of approval (all had to be reworked); executing program development against ORDs in staffing; undeveloped Basis of Issue Plans (BOIPs); the need for operational architecture development for different levels of command (light and heavy brigades and divisions, Stryker Brigade Combat Teams [SBCTs], Corps, and units under the modularity concept); operational threads under development (and a need for global data formats), the need for a publish-and-subscribe matrix; and the mapping of publish-and-subscribe XML and threads to ORDs.
The accelerated success-oriented schedule and diverse organizations made risk an inherent component of both ABCS as an SOS and on the ABCS 6.
What are the ABCS and Joint dependency or interoperability issues?
The process for approval and change is overly bureaucratic and cumbersome, and its utility as systems engineering documentation of ABCS 6.
In addition to providing current capabilities to the force, the current developmental efforts will further position ABCS 6.
AIS/Foundation Products--The ABCS Information Server (AIS) acts as an information hub, providing critical data to the Battlefield Functional Areas (BFAs) to include alerts, messaging, communications, and address books.
All-Source Analysis System (ASAS)--The ASAS is the ABCS intelligence fusion system that provides a timely, accurate, and relevant picture of the enemy situation to warfighters.
It provides the common picture, decision aids, and overlay capabilities to support tactical commanders and staffs, and provides links from the lowest echelons into the other ABCS systems.