The NCOIC Cognitive Computing and Machine Learning (CCML) Working Group, formed in 2017, is aimed at facilitating interoperability of cognitive systems and neural network applications, and developing  world-class assessment processes for measuring the interoperability of these systems.

The CCML Working Group will identify business processes and contract management strategies for:
 -Avoiding specific vendor/platform/open-source lock-ins, resulting in program cost savings and/or cost avoidance
 -Providing a neutral, vendor-agnostic perspective, using Voice of Industry reports for minimizing risks to the project/program schedule and quality 
 -Awarding contracts by agencies with knowledge of latest industry and market trends
 -Conducting periodic workshops and conferences to advance knowledge of CCML related information

Other WG strategies include:
 -Developing, documenting and disseminating CCML use-cases and stories
 -Identifying software/hardware solutions and artificial intelligence concepts related to system-of-system
 -Identify business processes for new areas of application of CCML
 -Developing, documenting and disseminating methodologies for better estimating costs associated with cognitive computing projects
 -Identify best practices and evolving standards associated with CCML 

If you are interested in more information about the benefits of joining NCOIC and the CCML Working Group, check out this fact sheet on the consortium.

Cognitive Computing and Machine Learning Working Group Chair: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Abstract: NCOIC has created a suite of tools that assist military, government and civil customers in obtaining interoperable solutions for their domain requirements. In this presentation, you will get an overview of how NCOIC can benefit the entire lifecycle of systems and learn how NCOIC deliverables work together as a suite of tools to help customers succeed.

Objectives / Educational Outcome: Use of this material will provide a foundation for understanding the NCOIC approach to its mission of enabling interoperability to support network centric operations. This general understanding will provide the necessary context for an understanding of various NCOIC tools and enabling guidance provided by NCOIC. A typical representation of a customer community layered architectural reference model is used to illustrate the consortium’s approach and complementary contributions.

Prerequisites: Recommend first viewing NCOIC Overview
Time Estimate to Complete Course: Approx. 11 minutes
Release Date / Version: February 2008 / Version: 001
View Presentation: The Role of NCOIC Deliverables

NCOIC Experts Can Show You the Path to Increased Capability with Reduced Risk and Cost

When your organization is faced with the major task of creating a new information system or upgrading your current system to achieve a higher level of interoperability, relying on the SCOPE™ experts from NCOIC will inform your decision-making and improve your chances for long-term success.

Since it was introduced in 2008, the NCOIC Systems, Capabilities, Operations, Programs and Enterprises (SCOPE) model has given businesses and organizations a structured approach to understanding their needs, challenges and opportunities. SCOPE helps analyze obstacles and uncover ways to leverage your capabilities and resources. This enables organizations to select the best solution and create a roadmap to implement it.

The SCOPE analytical approach is particularly valuable when you’re facing:
• The need to modernize or transition to a new architecture
• Large or complex problems with lots of questions
• Conflicting opinions, agendas and assumptions
• No clear path or many possible solutions
• Multiple players, organizations or cultures

A SCOPE workshop provides a methodology for exploring, understanding and addressing the various issues, policies, resources and stakeholders affecting the success of your project. It augments and compliments enterprise architecture and system engineering approaches. It can help you expose and break down real and self-imposed barriers, take advantage of your strengths and adopt innovative approaches.

SCOPE offers a structured approach to identifying and cataloging the capabilities and top-level requirements needed to establish an effective solution. It promotes an understanding of the complexities of the technology and service environments, which will enable your organization to take maximum advantage of the resources available to achieve your goals.

SCOPE Workshop are tailored to your needs, budget and resources. A trained SCOPE team will lead your organization through the analysis process and assist you in preparing a comprehensive report with evaluation results and specific recommendations for the path forward.

For more information on scheduling a SCOPE Workshop, contact Ed Barger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Pat Ryan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Here’s what users say about SCOPE…

“SCOPE gives you an out-of-body experience. It helps people see themselves and their systems and operations as others, who are outside the business, would view them.”

“SCOPE takes a broader approach of considering all aspects of interoperability, not just the technical disciplines involved in normal, more focused assessments.”

“We found that a side benefit of the SCOPE Workshop was to create a ‘safe’ environment, where technical experts could share their concerns with an interdisciplinary team representing different areas of our company.”

“At a SCOPE Workshop, you’ll discover how net-centric you really want to be. There are degrees of net-centricity and openness, and they have tradeoffs in terms of potential benefits versus cost and risk. Using the SCOPE model, you can explore your options and decide the level of interoperability that makes the most sense for your situation.”

“At a SCOPE workshop, you actually ‘think outside the box’ and consider what’s available externally, so you don’t have to try to do everything yourself.”

NRRC Enables Organizations to Create a Secure, Hybrid  IT Environment Quickly and Cost Effectively

The NCOIC Rapid Response Capability (NRRC™) is an open process designed to facilitate cross-domain interoperability and secure information sharing among a disparate group of users from multiple computing domains. Developed and tested by an NCOIC team of government and industry experts, the NRRC process details how to create and manage a federated cloud wrapped with a security environment in which all parties can share data, while retaining control of their sensitive and/or proprietary information.

The NRRC process promotes transparent, cooperative working relationships and enables collaboration with non-traditional partners from different companies, industries, agencies, governments and/or nations. It offers many other operational benefits, including:

  • Rapid implementation – development of a federated cloud system can be measured in hours instead of months
  • Increased capability and data value – interoperability of applications and data gives users global access to information that enhances their decision making, capability, action and probability of success
  • High reliability – secure environment provides the means to validate user identities and manage the exchange of information, giving maximum accessibility while protecting ownership and control over the release of data
  • Flexible – multiple-cloud infrastructure offers the ability to grow and change the environment as needed; it can also be combined with traditional IT environments; and applications and participants can be added as appropriate to boost overall effectiveness of the architecture and team
  • Vendor Neutral – NRRC is not product specific; regional cloud service providers, data repositories and application providers can be used
  • Lower IT costs by 10-80% – cloud infrastructure is extremely cost effective and there is no residual expense when the computing environment is shut down

The NRRC process enables a new way of doing business. It was first developed by NCOIC for the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. The NGA Demonstration showed how the NRRC methodology can improve operational capability and effectiveness, while reducing cost, time and risk. Governance rules were put in place so that the virtual collaboration took place within government, political, and cultural boundaries. The cloud environment featured a security wrapper to ensure communication only among trusted sources and proprietary information was protected. The information exchanged supported all levels of effort, from senior decision-makers to first responders.

The NRRC process is applicable to a wide range of operational needs, including emergency response, disaster recovery, supply chain management and other situations where multiple, independent users and institutions must come together quickly to address a complex problem.

The NCOIC Rapid Response Capability is…

  • An architecture and implementation process plan
  • A process for quickly standing up an infrastructure
  • An enabler for Information users and providers to rapidly integrate information systems
  • A methodology for securing, sharing and managing information exchange

NCOIC is able to use its online interoperability demonstration and evaluation environment to test the NRRC process for a contracting organization. The NCOIC Rapid Response Incubator (RRI™) can support critical event preparedness, planning and simulation, offering the unique ability to test technical interoperability concepts and solutions in a real-world environment. The RRI is a persistent, multi-cloud environment with secure access controls for virtual communities of interest. It is a vendor-neutral testbed that allows capabilities to be created, demonstrated and tested in an open manner.

Using the interoperability incubator to demonstrate the NRRC can expand the integration capability of participants, establish the functionality of their products/solutions, enhance their individual capabilities and improve their ability to support the overall goal.

The NRRC, a unique interoperable solution not found in industry or government, is available to NCOIC members. For more information on the NCOIC Rapid Response Capability process, contact Ed Barger, NCOIC Technical Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Healthcare Integrated Project Team was established to facilitate and sustain collaboration among NCOIC members and outside organizations in order to survey, identify and collect healthcare interoperability best practices, lessons learned, policies, procedures, methodologies, standards, trends and technologies that reinforce semantic interoperability, or the ability to exchange clinical information among applications and organizations.

This IPT has prepared a report, Cybersecurity in Healthcare Market Domain, based on the NCOIC Cybersecurity Influences Discovery Process. This paper examines the cybersecurity landscape in the healthcare domain, conveying some of the factors that drive investments and technology developments for cybersecurity in healthcare organizations. It will be publically available in late-2014.

Healthcare IPT ChairThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.