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Marine Corps Eyes Initial Deployment of Data-Sharing Software Platform

Marines use tablet technology to advance war fighting skillsThe Marine Corps Systems Command is working to complete the first phase in fielding its Tactical Service Orientated Architecture data-sharing software platform in support of efforts to consolidate various tactical data systems across combat operation centers.

The Marine Air-Ground Task Force Command, Control and Communications program management office designed TSOA to serve as a software suite that will feature common open architecture for command-and-control applications, the Marine Corps said March 17.

The service branch added it looks to replace obsolete software and multiple independent tactical data systems — which are sometimes incompatible — with TSOA in an effort to generate savings.

Maj. Austin Bonner, MC3 TSOA project officer, said the new system aims to help patrolling Marines access and exchange information across the service via a handheld device.

TSOA also includes the Marine Corps Software Resource Center app store, which will work to allow COCs to download mission-related tactical applications such as the Mobile Patrol Planning and Assessment Tool, the service branch said.

The software platform was last tested at the Agile Bloodhound 2015 warfighter technology integration and demonstration event where MCSC ran a trial on TSOA with the MP2AT app and the Small Unit Decision Aids app, the Marine Corps noted.

Exercise participants used the apps to record and relay information on their routes back to the COC.

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