Integrated Collaborative Mission Planning, Briefing and Debriefing Tools for Crews and Teams in LVC Operations

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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Phase I
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Intelligent Automation, Inc.
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Principal Investigator:
Bob Pokorny
Director, Education and Training Te
(301) 294-4750
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Mark James
Director, Contracts&Proposals
(301) 294-5221
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ABSTRACT: Team training and performance assessment have been explored for decades. However, modern distributed mission operations, i.e., LVC operations, are getting increasingly complex, exceeding the traditional capabilities of separate component solutions, such as mission planning, briefing, debriefing and performance assessment. The key challenges are the disconnection of the aforementioned mission capabilities and the lack of an integrated distributed collaborative software environment to facilitate the aforementioned mission capabilities. We propose to employ our experience and expertise in collaborative systems, distributed mission planning and scheduling, data distribution and integration to develop Web of Expertise for Collaborative Learning and Planning We-CLAP, which connects previously disparate capabilities into a seamless whole. We will focus on the following aspects: access, distribution, connection/conversion, indexing and synchronization of data from various related LVC systems, and data presentation to human users. The proposed effort includes carrying out a trade study of candidate technologies, evaluating the potential employment and integration of selected technologies to form a reasonable problem solving and decision support process, conducting system design and software implementation to demonstrate a proof of concept in suitable scenarios, and finally exploring the connection and applicability of We-CLAP to existing and novel systems within AFRL and other agencies. BENEFIT: Collaboration tools are increasingly important as the world becomes smaller. We see the product that we"re producing, Web of Expertise for Collaborative Learning and Planning (We-CLAP), as an important contributor. We-CLAP will support teams that must work collaboratively. Large-scale events like severe weather disasters or military response operations always exhibit the characteristics of being complex, continuous, persistent and distributed. Thus, decision makers need (a) dynamic resource reallocation and tasking capabilities and (b) distributed data distribution/visualization/interaction capabilities, in order to deal with mission dynamics, uncertainties and contingencies. By the end of Phase II, We-CLAP is expected to mature into a full-scale prototype that has been demonstrated to provide such capabilities for LVC environments. We will also seek to connect We-CLAP with existing programs, such as PETS, DCS Logger, PFPS, JMPS and LNCS. Additionally, We-CLAP will be applicable in a variety of other domains. The immediate (human) users include warfighters, cyber operators, commanders, military planners, and decision makers at different echelons. Potential customers include AFRL and other U.S. defense agencies that are facing a similar challenge of large-scale resource reallocation and data sharing in rapidly changing environments. Specific programs may include C4ISR of various defense organizations, JSpOC and CAOC of joined and allied forces, Air Force Distributed Mission Operations (DMO), Army Tactical Operation Center (TOC) programs, Navy Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO), MDA C2BMC, etc. The civilian sector may benefit as well in areas like maritime coordination, disaster management, border patrol, collaborative project management, etc.

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