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Open Framework Planner with Embedded Training




OBJECTIVE: Design an open, modular framework for a missile defense planner such that a training system can be embedded in it, allowing for underlying components to be rapidly inserted (e.g. mapping engines and visualization tools).


DESCRIPTION: The goal of this topic is to investigate and demonstrate the feasibility and utility of building an integrated command and control (C2) planning and training system. While this effort is intended to focus on missile defense (C2), the system must be designed and developed with the intent of expanding to address integrated air and missile defense.

Typically, battle management planners and training systems are separate products; however, both have sub-systems that perform nearly identical functions, to include modeling of current threats and blue force capabilities, visualization and mapping, scenario generation, and scenario execution with record-and-playback capabilities. The unique capabilities for a missile defense battle management planner include defense-design creation and effectiveness analysis while distinctive training system capabilities include truth and instructor displays, red cell controls (during scenario execution), and white cell controls (e.g. script or change blue force failures, degraded performance, and shot doctrine). However, even these unique planner and trainer capabilities would add value to each other in an integrated system.

The desire is for an open, modular, flexible, and adaptable missile defense planner which abstracts the component functionality (including the visualization and mapping engine processes) to facilitate rapid insertion of higher fidelity or quality services. This framework should include a training path which allows for the current planner (at any release) to be used for training and must be consistent with the underlying integrated missile defense planner. It should accommodate new plug-ins for blue force lay downs and red force threats. The framework should also safely separate training from real-time access.

This effort should incorporate innovative methods of product architectural design in order to facilitate the latest data sharing methodologies. This topic is not soliciting visualization. Mapping engines/products already exist and are not a part of this effort.


PHASE I: Develop and demonstrate a missile defense planner architectural framework that allows dynamic instantiation of system components and or capabilities, as well as providing simple low-bandwidth methods of data sharing between processes. Demonstrate how this architecture could be used to simplify the evolution of missile defense product development life cycles while not restricting future enhancements.


PHASE II: Refine and update concept(s) based on Phase I results and demonstrate the technology in a realistic missile defense environment using government provided visualization and mapping engines. Demonstrate the technology’s ability to interoperate with the current missile defense battle management planning and training environments.


PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Demonstrate the new technologies via operation as part of a complete missile defense system or operation in a system-level test bed to allow for testing and evaluation in realistic scenarios. Transition technologies developed under this solicitation to relevant missile defense elements directly or through vendors.


COMMERCIALIZATION: The contractor will pursue commercialization of the various technologies and optimization components developed in Phase II for potential commercial and military uses in many areas such as disaster planning/training.


KEYWORDS: Defense Planning, Architecture, Data Sharing Methodologies 

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