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Interoperability is not a new concept. It began at the equipment level and slowly found application at the force level. However, as technology and the threat become more complex and sophisticated, the concept of interoperability has been extended to address a much more difficult challenge: systems of systems.
The system of systems idea is one irrefutably linked to the move from a system-level perspective to a capability perspective. This paradigm shift will require a fresh approach to developing requirements, designing, analysis, and test. Modeling and simulation will increase in importance as capability acquisition and deployment becomes more common.
With improved interoperability at all levels, the military services can:
Better sustain a superior warfighting effectiveness of weapons systems
Quickly adopt new technology
Lower costs for weapon system
Facilitate more effective joint operations
Provide capabilities not achievable with any single system