Logistics Agent-based Algorithm Test-bed (LAAT)
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AbstractThe Future Combat Systems (FCS) is a 10-year program to develop new technologies for achieving the Army's vision of fielding a "Future Force" this decade. FCS is a networked "system of systems" that serves as a core building block within all Unit of Action (UA) echelons and is comprised of a family of advanced, networked air and ground-based maneuver, support, and sustainment systems. Currently, new technologies must be developed in isolated conditions, which render comparison with existing approaches and other new approaches difficult if not infeasible. The problem is that there is no environment in which logistics system developers can experiment with the unique approaches required by FCS. To support this need, Sentar proposes the Logistics Agent-based Algorithm Test-bed (LAAT). LAAT provides a flexible, integrated test environment for performing end-to-end logistic workflow analysis, validating algorithms and developing test scenarios of interest to logistics analysts. Sentar, teamed with Sparta, developed the LAAT concept and design under a Phase I SBIR project. LAAT is comprised of three primary tools - Sentar's KALAE/KnoWebr, Sparta's LogMAITr, and FCS SOSCOE. It is important to note that these tools exist today and are ready to be integrated into LAAT. The innovation proposed for LAAT involves the integration and adaptation of these powerful tools to support emerging FCS and legacy system logistics issues. Because the underlying LAAT technology is based an innovative software agent technology, logistics analyst can quickly define test parameters, test scenarios, and conduct "what if" analysis without the need for software programming support.
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