Distributed Global Air and Missile Defense Resource Management

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-09-C-7159
Agency Tracking Number: B083-038-0280
Amount: $99,772.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA08-038
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
3390 Auto Mall Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA, 91362
DUNS: 068577175
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Phillip Dennis
 Senior Scientist
 (805) 409-0429
Business Contact
 William Cook
Title: President
Phone: (805) 409-0429
Email: William.Cook@isrweb.com
Research Institution
The management of air and missile defense resources has long been understood to be one of the critical technologies for missile defense. Partly because of its complexity, the problem has in the past been broken into subproblems to be solved separately and then pieced together. For a variety of reasons, it is now both possible and necessary to treat missile defense resource management with an integrated approach. Among the reasons are the potential for more effective and economical use of resources, the emergence of a system of systems for missile defense, the growth in computing power, and the development of new algorithmic approaches for dealing with the complexity of the problem. We propose a new algorithmic approach to achieve integrated distributed global missile defense resource management. Each agent is responsible for and controls a collection of sensors and shooters, and has detailed knowledge of their capabilities, but has limited knowledge of the capabilities of resources belonging to other agents. Each agent uses simulation-based approximate dynamic programming to calculate the values of possible actions in the current state and fuses them with values calculated by other agents. Agents coordinate actions by a token passing scheme.

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