Japan Defense Agency Adopts ILOG Views to Enhance Self-Defense Force Decision Making

TOKYO, Japan - March 17, 2004 - ILOG®, a leading provider of enterprise-class software components and services, today announced that Japan Defense Agency (JDA) has adopted ILOG Views™ to enhance the user interface of the Command Control System of Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF). The Command Control System is a “C4I” (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence) system that coordinates three functions essential to defense: the delegation of forces (i.e., command and control); information management (i.e., communications and computers); and intelligence dissemination.

The Command Control System enables the GSDF, with more than 150 military stations across the country, to actively monitor command control of each of its units. In case of emergencies, the system rapidly conveys critical information to each unit’s military commanders, helping to facilitate supply logistics and mission planning. This highly complex, mission-critical information, now displayed using ILOG Views’ advanced graphics, will improve and accelerate the GSDF’s decision-making by allowing each unit’s commanders to swiftly and accurately understand the current situation and respond in a more efficient manner.

AP2000, the standard architecture for GSDF’s Command Control System, functions as an integrated framework that conveys emergency information to commanders. GSDF selected ILOG Views because it was the only tool able to make AP2000’s graphical elements display as quickly and readily as needed in order to meet the JDA’s requirements.

ILOG Views is compatible with Windows and UNIX, including Solaris and Linux, which enables a flexible architecture that is not dependent on vendor or architecture. As a result, GSDF succeeded in dramatically reducing the costs of both software development and application deployment. Because of the success in deploying ILOG Views as part of its GSDF operations, JDA plans to deploy the technology for Maritime Self-Defense Forces’ (MSDF) command control supporting system for maritime tactical forces.

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