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The Distributed Information Systems & Experimentation (DISE) research group focuses on complex field experimentation, collaborating with operational commanders to develop objectives for experimentation while providing support to the Department of Defense (DoD) in experimentation, acquisition, and project management. In addition, DISE supports research in emerging knowledge management (KM) concepts such as visualization methodologies, knowledge-based decision making, natural language search, knowledge metrics, knowledge to the tactical edge, information distribution, military capabilities assessment and gap filling, incorporating capabilities systems engineering into KM, and cause-and-effect research/methodology.

DISE develops understanding of complex systems, methodologies, and tools with the goals of optimizing decision making effectiveness and creating theory from joint field experiments such as Trident Warrior and Empire Challenge.

DISE uses a consistent framework for analysis developed over the last 12 years to collaborate with all stakeholders in planning. All documents and plans are developed and maintained within a single enterprise database – FIRE. This information system provides the vehicle for peer reviewed, experimentation planning and collects all relevant data for analysis such as system derived data, expert observations, electronic chat, and survey tools.

DISE members analyze the data comprehensively and maintain a multi-year, well-organized record for archive.

Our current project, Beyond Line of Site, Command and Control (BLOS C2) the objective is to provide a high bandwidth, IP based, battlefield Internet to support air-to-air, air-to-ground, and air-to-surface movement of real-time, bi-directional full motion video (FMV) as well as collaborative C2 with the primary focus on providing bi-directional video and C2 capability to ships and the Military Operations Center (MOC).

In Trident Warrior 2012 (TW12) multiple technologies were assessed for potential use and integration into present operational maritime missions. DISE will assist in the development of the final reports using empirical findings demonstrating effects of proposed new technologies and policy changes. We also seek to improve efficiencies and determine changes to warfighter situational awareness.

Previous efforts included providing network analysis for EC11, combining multiple technologies – both real and synthetic and to demonstrate usefulness of these technologies via JCTD’s (Joint Capability Technology Demonstrations) for JMMES (Joint Multi-Mission Electro-optic System) and TISC (Transnational Informational Sharing Cooperation).

The DISE Group leverages both academic and military expertise to perform objective, rigorous, field experimentation research and analysis of new or existing technology. Our goals are to promote rapid deployment of effective capabilities and to optimize experimentation and Knowledge Management research.

 Empire Challenge '10 
Fort Huachuca, AZ


News & Events
  • NPS Special Report: Supporting the COCOMs – U.S. Southern Command

NPS’ Distributed Information Systems and Experimentation (DISE) research group has worked with Southcom to evaluate a diverse portfolio of advanced relevant research.

  • Southcom Turns to NPS to Evaluate CubeSats for Communications Support

Read the full story here or see the PDF (page 10)

  • Congratulations to Professor Douglas MacKinnon and Lecturer Brigitte Kwinn for winning the Wayne E. Meyer award!

The Wayne E. Meyer Award Faculty Award for Excellence in Systems Engineering is presented to an outstanding faculty member of the Systems Engineering non-Resident Master’s degree program  recognized by the students for teaching excellence and/or exceptional contributions to the students’ overall learning experience.







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