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Next Generation Weapons Planning System (NGWPS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8730-22-C-0038
Agency Tracking Number: F212-0008-0006
Amount: $1,648,022.08
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF212-0008
Solicitation Number: 21.2
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-04-08
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-04-08
Small Business Information
1790 Sun Peak Drive, Suite A203
Park City, UT 84098-6646
United States
DUNS: 181539974
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Todd Cloutier
 (425) 320-4752
Business Contact
 Douglas Cherry
Phone: (913) 704-9292
Research Institution

Current weapon mission planners are tasked with planning increasingly diverse missions with complex next generation weapons and tactics. Planners must coordinate across various systems of systems, platforms, and weapons, leaving less time for each task. Their workload is immense and currently, not enabled by the JMPS system, because it was not designed to support the level of complexity, the limited time available to plan, and newer weapon types, like Network Enabled Weapons (NEWs). Fighter pilots plan in two hours or less, and bombers plan larger missions in eight hours or less. The system is not intuitive, requiring significant training and experience to become proficient with the system, every time the system is upgraded, additional training must occur and there is a significant dip in performance until teams become familiar with the updated software.    Monterey Technologies, Inc. (MTI) and Tapestry Solutions, A Boeing Company (Tapestry), propose to develop a Next Generation Weapons Planning Software User Interface (NGWPS). NGWPS will provide a workflow-driven, task-based user interface (UI) designed to support rapid development of high-quality weapons plans. The UI steps will incorporate auto-fill, decision support, and full automation where appropriate, to reduce the cognitive load on the planner, and to improve the consistency of the results.     NGWPS UI will also be instrumented using a novel model-based instrumentation that enables data logging of all interactions with the UI with minimal resource usage. The data logs will then be reviewed by an artificial intelligence (AI) engine designed to identify planning tasks that are causing the user frustration, rework, excessive time, or varying results. This analysis of user patterns will then feed back to the design and development of improvements, resulting in a spiral improvement of Weapons Planning System (WPS) to optimize the duration and results of the weapons planning process. 

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