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Program:  SBIR
Topic Num:  AF071-349 (AirForce)
Title:  NCW-Distributed Area Network Management & Control (N-DANMC)
Research & Technical Areas:  Air Platform

  Objective:  Develop technology to manage and control readiness and quality of encrypted data/voice/video transported over “air/ground-to-ground” distributed NCW assets.
  Description:  The Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC) has a compelling need for innovative research to develop a technology that performs a quantitative measurement of readiness, health, and quality of service for “air to ground” and “ground to ground” transport of data, voice, and video, with and without encryption, over NCW assets. The NCW network management and control should not only see and manage the encrypted video, voice, and data streams with user-friendly, switchable live-graphical displays, but also observe the distributed NCW asset network activity in real-time. The innovative research should explore the effectiveness of the network information flow. Currently, there is no fully understood IP6.0 based network management and control technology for transmission of DoD encrypted data over NCW assets. NCW messages pose a serious technical risk as they are encrypted. The research is needed to explore error correction and clock synchronization methods of wireless “air to ground” NCW assets. Some of the innovative features of the NCW network and management may be as follows: 1. Security- Monitor the health of the network. It provides a real-time view of the “health” of the network and monitors the traffic load across the network. It indicates regions or activities that may need to be tracked closely to avoid potential negative impact. It alerts operators in real-time to potential dangers and attacks, routing problems, and other conditions that could impact the reliability, performance, and security across the NCW network. 2. Scalability – Ensures the NCW network performing at maximum capacity. It will track peak daily usage records, anomalous traffic spikes, while proactively mitigating any negative impact on network performance. 3. Reliability – Provides visual status of the entire network. It can provide tools to the operators to monitor node availability, network capacity utilization, and the quality of services to ensure consistent and reliable high performance services across the network. 4. Performance – Tracking and troubleshooting the network alerts. It reports performance issues in real-time, allowing engineers to take immediate action to proactively troubleshoot and resolve issues. It makes networks available and performing at optimal levels at all time. The intent of this innovative R&D effort is the development of IP6.0 compatible management and control tools for air/ground-to-ground network traffic over NCW assets. Diversity rather than a singular method in devising the innovative solution is strongly recommended.

  PHASE I: Perform and document the analysis alternatives for IP6.0 compatibility, management and control of health and quality of data/voice/video transport over distributed NCW assets.
  PHASE II: Develop and demonstrate a prototype solution of an IP6.0 compatible NCW information management and control system recommended in Phase-I.

  PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATION: Military: This topic will develop and provide a prototype distributed mission control system for use in controlling Network Centric Warfare (NCW) systems being tested in widely dispersed geographic areas. Commercial: Develop an economical near-real-time distributed control system for civilian applications such as highly integrated manufacturing facilities dependent upon outside sources.

  References:  1. Network Centric Warfare: Developing and Leveraging Information Superiority – 2nd Edition, by David S. Alberts, DeVa Books, LLC. 2. http://www.dod.mil/nii/NCW

Keywords:  NCW, Distributed Mission Control, Test, aircraft, avionics, computer simulators

Questions and Answers:
Q: 1. The solicitation states that "research is needed to explore error correction and clock synchronization methods". Is this research to be performed as part of the SBIR, or is the output of the SBIR a pre-requisite for this research?

2. Is there existing Mission Control or Management & Control software already in use? If so, which tools?

3. Which methods are being referred to in the statement, "Diversity rather than a singular method in devising the innovative solution is strongly recommended" ?

A: 1. Part of SBIR if you so propose. IPv6 format is a packetization format and current communications are serial in nature. If delivery of messages is over air/space, shall need to reassemble back the data. It is here one may get innovative in error correction and synchronization.

2. This SBIR is not a mission control room specific only. Commercialization requires dual applications. Please include this in your proposal.

3. This is a SBIR requirement to promote innovation. The innovation is dependent upon solution proposed by the expertise residing in the Industry.
Q: 1. The solicitation states that "research is needed to explore error correction and clock synchronization methods". Is this research to be performed as part of the SBIR, or is the output of the SBIR a pre-requisite for this research?

2. Is there existing Mission Control or Management & Control software already in use? If so, which tools?

3. Which methods are being referred to in the statement, "Diversity rather than a singular method in devising the innovative solution is strongly recommended" ?

A: 1. Part of SBIR if you so propose. IPv6 format is a packetization format and current communications are serial in nature. If delivery of messages is over air/space, shall need to reassemble back the data. It is here one may get innovative in error correction and synchronization.

2. This SBIR is not a mission control room specific only. Commercialization requires dual applications. Please include this in your proposal.

3. This is a SBIR requirement to promote innovation. The innovation is dependent upon solution proposed by the expertise residing in the Industry.

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