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National Aerospace Planning Process Enhancements: Analysis and Innovation

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Technical Report

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Salience Analytics Inc Vancouver, BC Canada

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New advanced decision support technology concepts have been developed to support Air Domain Awareness ADA and the National Aerospace Planning Process NAPP. This report reviews and validates the NAPP requirements based on consultations with 1 Canadian Air Division, assesses relevant existing tools and technologies, tabulates promising research directions, and proposes a set of innovative improvements for implementation in a NAPP Enhancement Prototype NEP. Four ADA innovations, hosted in Google Earth, are proposed. These will enable NEP to better support visualization of sensor coverage, detect coverage gaps, visualize future weather, and analyse dynamic threats to vital points. New visual analytics tools for NEP are proposed that will reveal subtle long-term temporal, geospatial, and behaviouralpatterns for Resource Awareness and Total Air Resource Management TARM.NEP will include novel tools for air force resource visibility and resource management, including tools for vertical awareness down to the Wings and squadrons, and horizontal awareness forward and backward in time. Asset availability awareness is described based on Dashboard and Magnets Grid visualizations. A Hockey Card metaphor encapsulates the key elements of each mission. To rapidly respond to un-forecast events, a resource management app scans existing Air Tasking Orders and proposes viable re-planning solutions based on rapidity of response, ability to dwell if required, and the availability of an appropriate payload.This is the first of two reports. The second report documents the subsequent design and implementation of the NEP, and its demonstration to the Air Force.

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