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Program:  SBIR
Topic Num:  AF071-070 (AirForce)
Title:  Timely Decision-Making for Logistics Support
Research & Technical Areas:  Chemical/Bio Defense, Information Systems, Human Systems

  STATEMENT OF INTENT: This effort will benefit the warfighter by allowing logistics planners to view detailed logistics information and make timely, data-driven decisions while formulating transportation options.
  Objective:  Research and develop advanced Decision Making technologies to enable real-time incorporation of logistics analysis as part of core mission planning processes in support of a global campaign.
  Description:  The common model for C2 has primarily focused on front-line operations, targeting, weaponeering, and strategic and tactical movement of forces. Logistics support has been a subordinate activity, only of interest when it fails to produce. Increased automation, decreased span of decision cycles, competing service doctrines and other causes have resulted in a situation where genuinely coherent warfighting plans are generated, only to be further shaped and sometimes obviated by issues of deployment and sustainment. In the future, our warfighting behavior must not be shaped, but aided by the systems(and processes) that allow planning and execution to take place. Sustainment packages should be based on what will be consumed rather than what has been consumed. This effort is seeking innovative technical solutions to decision making that reduce the time required to determine the feasibility of transportation options from days to hours/minutes. This will provide more meaningful input to the Course-of-Action (COA) decision process and allow for assessment of more mission options while identifying potential transportation show-stoppers. Technology challenges that need to be addressed include optimization techniques for linking abstract concepts of “commander’s intent” with the blue force situation awareness. These algorithms must be able to reason over a global problem set and converge to an optimum solution for linking planned resource usage against resource availability. Complicating the environment is the dynamic nature of resource availability and usage with changing preferences and priorities.

  PHASE I: Research and define an optimization strategy for linking resource usage against resource availability in a dynamic environment of changing priorities, usage scheduling and resource availability.
  
  PHASE II: Based on the results from Phase 1, develop and then demonstrate a prototype capability that link blue force situation awareness with campaign plans, identifying replenish rates & sustainment packages for assets and resources expended.

  DUAL USE COMMERCIALIZATION: Military application: Reduce the time required to determine the feasibility of transportation options from days to hours/minutes. Commercial application: Potential use in commercial firms with logistics-intensive processes (i.e., makes use of a process model such as SCOR).

  References:  1. Agile Transportation for the 21st Century ACTD (AT21 ACTD) 2. JFCOM Brief, 01 Aug 03, Joint Deployment, Employment and Sustainment Strategy (JDES) Command and Control, Logistics, Situational Awareness, Net Centric Environment, Collaboration

Keywords:  Command and Control, Logistics, Situational Awareness, Net Centric Environment, Collaboration

Additional Information, Corrections, References, etc:
Ref #1: available at: http://www.mitre.org/news/events/tech04/briefings/TS4889.pdf
Ref #1: available at: http://www.mitre.org/news/events/tech04/briefings/TS4889.pdf
Ref #2: JDES Information:

http://www.jfcom.mil/newslink/storyarchive/2004/pa042204.htm

http://www.dtic.mil/ndia/2004log/thurs/ryneska.ppt
Ref #2: JDES Information:

http://www.jfcom.mil/newslink/storyarchive/2004/pa042204.htm

http://www.dtic.mil/ndia/2004log/thurs/ryneska.ppt

Questions and Answers:
Q: How big an operation is this mission planning decision tool envisioned to support?
A: The solution should be scalable. 1000 to 1500 missions per day is possible.
Q: What is the planned duration of the operation that this tool is envisioned to support?
A: The planned duration of operation is day-to-day operations over the course of a military campaign.
Q: How big an operation is this mission planning decision tool envisioned to support?
A: The solution should be scalable. 1000 to 1500 missions per day is possible.
Q: What is the planned duration of the operation that this tool is envisioned to support?
A: The planned duration of operation is day-to-day operations over the course of a military campaign.

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