C2-ISR Capability-Need Pairing Framework to Support Resource-Task Pairing such as Sensing-Target Pairing and Weapon-Target Pairing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-10-M-6081
Agency Tracking Number: F093-026-2197
Amount: $99,075.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093-026
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
9500 Innovation Drive, Manassas, VA, 20110
DUNS: 945837219
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tom Burns
 Principal Investigator
 (703) 368-6107
 tburns@progeny.net
Business Contact
 Christine Sigety
Title: Manager of Business Support
Phone: (703) 368-6107
Email: csigety@progeny.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Within the Air Operations Center (AOC) there are functional teams that focus on the aspects of planning and execution such as Master Air Attack Plan (MAAP) and Air Tasking Order (ATO) Production. As we acquire more multi-role aircraft, capturing domain-specific knowledge will enable teams of planners to collaboratively plan missions that span these domains, leveraging all the capabilities of available resources. Our approach to this problem is an Open Architecture (OA) Resource-Task Mapping Framework (RTMF) that can support the plan/re-plan of mission activity in which resources are mapped to tasks based on the "needs" associated with the type of task and the "capabilities" associated with the type of resource. The RTMF takes a generic approach to accommodate for various resource types. Leveraging existing technologies such as OWL and RDF to store relationships provides a solid basis for creating and maintaining relationships between resources, capabilities, tasks, and missions. Taking an open architecture approach to learning technologies leaves the RTMF open to employ any number of unique, diverse learning techniques. The RTMF provides a scalable, web-based collaborative display for mission planning as well as exposing services to make this resource-task pairing data available to external systems. BENEFIT: DoD market potential includes candidate tactical systems such as JADOCS and USW-DSS. There are many systems within the DoD that could benefit from an RTMF that coordinates prior knowledge with user input to generate suggested resource-task pairings. Many net-centric DoD systems are making a recent push for Service Oriented Architecture. The RTMF represents a set of SOA compliant services to be used for any type of generic resource-task pairing. The Department of Homeland Security could benefit greatly from a resource-task pairing system. Along the U.S. borders, many sensors exist to detect illegal immigration. RTMF could be used to pair sensors with ideal deployment locations depending on the kind of activity that typically takes place at those locations. For example, if a particular trail is known to be used for illegal immigration, seismic sensors can be used at that location. Additionally, if a particular part of a river is a hotbed for illegal activity, visual sensors may be ideal. The resource-task paradigm also fits into the first-responders market. For example, in an attempt to respond to natural disasters, FEMA may use this system to send the appropriate resources, such as trucks, vans, supplies, to the most appropriate locations. The commercial avenues for a resource-task pairing framework are truly abundant. Some of these include commercial first responders\ and education systems. First responders could use the RTMF in a similar manner as FEMA. Educational systems can use the system in several ways. It can pair students with particular needs with schools, educational resources or teachers that can satisfy those needs. Commercial translation is already growing by leaps and bounds.

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