Requirements for Common Bomber Mission Planning Environment
Graduate research project
AIR FORCE INST OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT
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The mission planning environment for the strategic bomber is characterized by numerous man-to-machine relationships, data flows and organizational interactions. Currently, these activities are accomplished by several mechanisms using a variety of data formats. Several tools have been developed to address the complexity of not only bomber mission planning, but tactical unit level mission planning as a whole. Unfortunately, many of these initiatives have fallen short of seamlessly connecting the tactical level mission planning processes with the operational level or providing the unit-level mission planner with the right information, in the correct format, at the right time. One of the major reasons these initiatives fail is the developers of tactical mission planning systems do not completely understand the business rules, data exchanges and activities that compromise the bomber mission planning process. Through structured architecture, this paper discovered a general set of bomber mission planning environment requirements, common to all bomber Major Weapon Systems MWS, at the tactical level. During the analysis process, several observations were made which require more consideration during future requirements development andor mission planning system acquisition.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics