The Common Operational Picture

The U.S. Coast Guard is leading the way for Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) interoperability by building a common operational picture (COP) from data sources uniquely available to the Coast Guard. This article describes this COP. The Coast Guard's COP is primarily a tool for achieving situational awareness of what is transpiring in the maritime domain. The COP provides a shared display of friendly, enemy/suspect and neutral tracks on a chart, with geographically referenced overlays and data enhancements. The COP contains a decision-maker toolset, fed by track and object databases. Each user can filter and contribute to these databases according to their area of responsibility or command role. The Coast Guard's unique development of a sensitive but unclassified COP permits information sharing within and external to DHS, without the constraints inherent to classified DOD systems. Over 15 agencies and governmental entities have used or provided information for the Coast Guard COP over the last year.


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  • Accession Number: 01042300
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 13 2007 10:54PM