The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), who was recognized in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, has awarded BAE Systems a Phase 3 contract worth $3.1 million to continue developing autonomy software to improve the resiliency of air mission planning for the military.
The program, called Resilient Synchronized Planning and Assessment for the Contested Environment (RSPACE), seeks to create a revolutionary distributed planning capability to provide resilient command and control (C2) and to manage complex military operations even when communications are limited and unreliable.
RSPACE is developing human-centered software decision aids that, based on the commander’s intent, will help operators throughout the C2 enterprise control daily operations in a complex battlespace – composing mission packages (coordinating across the network as needed), responding to emerging opportunities, and assessing progress towards achieving the commander’s intent.
RSPACE is focused on the operational level of the air operations domain.
The U.S. military has evolved over the years to a highly centralized architecture for operational-level C2 of air operations.
This has resulted in a heavy reliance on robust, high-bandwidth communications, which are subject to disruption. Distributed planning provides a leap ahead in resilience for C2, supporting control throughout the architecture that adapts to the changing state of the network.
The challenge for RSPACE is to develop tools that enable coordination in the face of disrupted communications and high levels of uncertainty.
A complementary challenge for RSPACE is to provide automation support to help operators at heterogeneous C2 nodes (e.g., a wing, a carrier battle group, or a control and reporting center) manage the complexity of C2 in an uncertain battlespace.
Finally, RSPACE seeks to develop tools that optimize the respective roles of people and machines – with people providing insight and creativity while machines track details and apply such strengths as quickly comparing and measuring options.
In response to this need, and as part of the RSPACE program, BAE Systems created software called the Distributed, Interactive, Command-and-Control Tool (DIRECT) to improve air battlespace awareness.
Using assessment analytics, the software provides an easy-to-use, visual interface to generate real-time alerts so operators can evaluate areas of concern during the planning and execution of a mission.
The software also automatically adjusts to minimize bandwidth when communications are limited and unreliable to assist in mission continuity and completion.
“New users have found DIRECT easy to learn, indicating we are well on our way to providing a software decision aid that will help planners adapt to plan changes, make real-time decisions faster, and more effectively execute their missions,” said Chris Eisenbies, product line director of the Autonomy, Controls, and Estimation group at BAE Systems.
Created by the research and development team at BAE Systems, DIRECT is part of the company’s autonomy technology portfolio.
Work for the RSPACE program is being performed at the company’s facilities in Burlington, Massachusetts, and Arlington, Virginia.
The program also includes teammate Uncharted Software Inc.
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