IEIST Technologies Enabling TCT Prosecution
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH INFORMATION DIRECTORATE
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Twelve years after Desert Storm, conduct of Time Critical Target TCT operations remains one of the most difficult challenges facing US military forces. While a variety of DoD and DARPA programs are addressing technologies to locate and identify TCTs, finding the target candidate is only one part of the problem. Success will only occur when we shorten the entire kill chain, and operate within the enemys maneuver timeline. The automated exchange and processing of battlefield information is critical to achieving viable decision timelines in this arena. The situation demands a secure, robust network backbone supporting automated decision aids designed to execute commanders guidance. Critical decision aids include the ability to monitor and exchange critical tactical information, to evaluate real-time intelligence and generate actionable Target Evidence Files and to re-assign en-route tactical and support assets to higher value tasks. The Air Force Research Laboratory AFRL, with support of The Boeing Company, is executing several research initiatives targeted at these information exchange shortfalls. AFRL is developing the Joint Battlespace Infosphere JBI as a means to realize information dominance. In effect, the JBI can be viewed as a tactical Internet that provides unprecedented access to data sources. Through this wide-area network connectivity, the JBI can be accessed, searched, and manipulated to create new products. This paper will discuss the Insertion of Embedded Infosphere Support Technology IEIST research in which the Guardian Agent GA will be embedded within the Force Template FT and transmitted to the appropriate C2 nodes over Link 16. The demonstration C2 node is planned to be the Advanced AWACS Prototype Software, which will host the transmitted GAs as well as the TCT Evidence File Generation Agents, and the Real-time Battle Management system that will match tactical assets to selected TCTs.
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