Agile Engagement Planning

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$747,508.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W9113M-04-C-0085
Award Id:
59041
Agency Tracking Number:
022-0122
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
6 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA, 01803
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
094841665
Principal Investigator:
Ron James
Principal Engineer
(781) 273-3388
ron.james@alphatech.com
Business Contact:
Jack Barry
Contract Manager
(781) 273-3388
jack.barry@alphatech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Our Phase I effort explored combining a Stochastic Dynamic Programming (SDP) solver with a Constraint Satisfaction Reasoning (CSR) system to provide an "agile" missile defense engagement planner. We demonstrated the ability to accept a missile defense problem formulation at run-time and execute the formulation using the SDP solver to select weapon allocations. The CSR component insures the feasibility of each allocation against a user defined set of engagement constraints. This is accomplished by maintaining a network of engagement support tasks for each resource and searching for intervals where new tasks can be inserted into the network. The phase 1 effort used a flat file interface to define the problem formulation and limited constraints to temporal resource constraints. The Phase II effort will extend the Agile Engagement Planning concept into an operational prototype system for missile defense applications. The key extension to the phase 1 proof-of-concept system will be an intuitive user interface for defining the problem formulation. We will expand the flexibility of the system by allowing for a wider range of constraint types and introducing methods to specify objectives. The end product will be integrated into MDA's project Hercules Global Planner and tested via experiments and user evaluation sessions.

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