Laboratory on behalf of the controller of HMSO. Dstl reference number: DSTL/CP40485This page is blank intentionally (reverse side of cover sheet).Title: A Framework for Warfighter Information Services- using the concept of a Virtual Knowledge Base. Abstract: This paper presents a vision of how distributed information services and distributed knowledge stores can improve military effectiveness. Central to this vision is the concept of a Virtual Knowledge Base (VKB) – this includes machine reasoning capability, and supports human-machine teaming. The paper provides a Framework detailing the different kinds of information service that need to be provided and the different kinds of information that these services should act upon. These services range across Information Extraction, Information Collation and Validation, Situation/Intent Assessment, Situational Awareness, Decision Support, Collaboration and Process Support, and various supporting services which provide the technical basis from which to build and manage a Service Orientated VKB architecture. Implications, benefits and challenges of this approach are discussed. 1
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