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Interoperability is not a new term in the military vocabulary. It is difficult to determine when the term was first used, but two factors contributed to its emergence as an important military consideration:
The integration of complex technology
The growing reliance on joint operations
Interoperability is a primary goal for military operational capability outlined in Joint Vision 2020. To meet the operational goals of coalition and joint warfare, U.S. and allied forces must be interoperable. Many think of interoperability as forces being able to communicate with each other and share information.
These views of interoperability certainly are important aspects of interoperability but as we will see, interoperability means much more.