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Tactical Service Oriented Architecture (TSOA)

Last Revised: January 13, 2017, 1:14 pm
  • Sgt. Joshua S. Tufts (right), squad leader in 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, and Maj. Brad Sams, project officer for Tactical Service Oriented Architecture, review the laptop display of the Patrol Planning and Assessment Tool. The mapping application brings GPS-based technology to patrol leaders’ fingertips.
    Sgt. Joshua S. Tufts (right), squad leader in 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, and Maj. Brad Sams, project officer for Tactical Service Oriented Architecture, review the laptop display of the Patrol Planning and Assessment Tool. The mapping application brings GPS-based technology to patrol leaders’ fingertips.
Description: 

Tactical Service Oriented Architecture (TSOA) represents the Marine Corps response to the Department of Defense (DoD) Net-Centric Services Strategy (NCSS). This strategy establishes services as the preferred means by which data producers and capability providers can make their data assets and capabilities available organizationally, across the DoD, and beyond. It also establishes services as the preferred means by which consumers can access and use these data assets and capabilities. A service oriented approach will accelerate the ongoing effort to establish an operational Net-Centric Environment (NCE), thus ensuring that warfighters receive the right information, from trusted and accurate sources, when and where it is needed.  The Marine Corps TSOA initiative leverages industry best practices, standards, and specifications resulting in a portfolio of loosely coupled and composable software components which are re-useable across MAGTF Command and Control (C2) functions and activities. To date, the TSOA initiative has focused on implementation opportunities primarily in the Ground Combat Element (GCE) via the Combat Operations Center (COC).  TSOA’s Service Oriented Infrastructure (SOI) is readily adaptable to the unique command and control requirements of the Logistics Combat Element (LCE) and the Aviation Combat Element (ACE).  The TSOA Program implements Agile Application Development (A2D) processes intended to provide tactical enterprise applications faster than traditional acquisition methods. To facilitate collaboration during development and subsequent access and distribution, the TSOA Program has developed the Marine Corps Software Resource Center (MCSRC) as an enterprise-level web-hosted application repository.

Operational Impact: 

To achieve operational outcomes, the USMC will adopt “best practices” in agile software development that are centrally focused on data access and user-centered design, delivery, and modification. Authorized users must have the ability to discover, access, shape, filter, modify, collaborate and disseminate complete, relevant information across ADS’s within USMC operations. The ADS’s data elements must be transformed and made components of services that are developed and defined by Communities of Interest (COI) across the warfighting functions. A common understanding of data among the different communities and defined services will remove the current stove-piped approach to provide authorized users required data. All described effects will provide authorized users access to the full ADS’s capability within USMC operations and enable in-context decisions.

TSOA will enhance the sharing, shaping, and visualization of data to authorized users among disparate ADS’s relevant to USMC operations. USMC operations are inherently within a Joint Environment and center on a MAGTF in support of a Joint Task Force. TSOA will complement the Joint Force by enabling authorized users complete information to make decisions in-context.

Program Milestone Status: 

TSOA 4.0.2.1 is being deployed across the USMC in alignment with COC.

Program Procurement: 
IOC - 1QFY16 FOC - N/A Full Operational Capability (FOC) will be incrementally defined with each Capability Drop (CD) IAW the TSOA IS ICD and the supporting IT-BOX construct.
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