Keywords: littoral undersea warfare, anti-submarine warfare, ASW, process modelling, system architectures, functional analysis, interoperability, system of systems, SoS, complex systems
Littoral undersea warfare: a case study in process modelling for functionality and interoperability of complex systems
The goal of this investigation is to demonstrate the application of a process modelling approach to architect a System of Systems (SoS) capable of conducting Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) operations projecting to the year 2025. Process modelling is a methodology for architectural analysis for complex systems whose operation is characterised by 'processes' whose sequential execution may be scaled up to understand overall system behaviour. It is ideally suited to address complexity and interoperability issues of an ASW SoS. New contributions of this work include the successful implementation of a process modelling approach to architect an ASW SoS and a cohesive set of results analysing its operation with future projections to the year 2025. We believe this work may serve as a foundation for future systems engineering research addressing interoperability and performance of complex systems whose function is closely tied to time-dependent processes, with particular application to military and security systems.