The US Army System of Systems Engineering is developing foundational software for a common operating environment (Coe) to ensure built-in interoperability for effective communication.

The COE is an initiative addressing interoperability between systems and to ensure various mission command applications to work together on a common software foundation.

COE is for systems such as battle command applications, sensors and vehicles on the move to be able to communicate efficiently.

System of Systems Engineering director Terry Edwards explained that the army effort being undertaken was similar to commercial environments created by Apple and Google.

The Apple and Android environment provides common pieces of software that can be used by a developer to quickly build an application.

The army has plans to establish an ecosystem for each of the computing environments (CE) so that the developers produce and deploy high-quality applications rapidly.

The COE will give unprecedented capability, flexibility and agility to the warfighter and the generating force to exploit information in the near future.