Warfighting has evolved, and the battlespace has expanded from traditional air, ground, and sea to encompass space and cyber. As the domains for fighting have expanded, the U.S. military must be ready to fight the complex, multi-domain wars of the future. That requires better command and control technology and systems.
Currently, military services have disparate systems for command and control with little or no cross-system visibility. Because of this, the U.S. military is unable to operate as one cohesive entity, leaving commanders and the warfighter at a major disadvantage.
Today’s battlespace requires agility across multiple domains, collaboration and the ability to make decisions faster than the adversary.
Military services, such as the U.S. Air Force, are embracing a multi-domain command and control architecture. To do so, they are working with industry to develop tools with proven AI and machine learning capabilities to connect systems that were once siloed, making the data available across domains. The automation and analysis of data informs commanders from a holistic viewpoint, allowing them to make the best possible decisions much faster.
In the past, for example, airmen doing battle damage assessments had to request data and photographs of the target from the service’s operation center. This process was slow and manual, often requiring the request in writing to be hand delivered. A new BDA application allows for automatic completion of forms and faster data transfer. By leveraging these new tools, airmen access the information they need quickly to make immediate decisions.
This is just one of many new applications that use DevOps, AI, and other emerging technologies that have been proven in the commercial space. It now takes months and weeks for these new apps to be developed instead of years.
As AI is built into these new applications, it speeds up data analysis and allows for real-time decision making and, in turn, action that the warfighter needs on the battlefield. Proven commercial technologies can be integrated into military command and control tools, propelling our military services into today’s multi-domain battlefield and beyond. Ultimately, it strengthens our military force by creating a unified warfighting machine. These capabilities will enable the U.S. military to outpace threats with a speed that has never been achieved in the past.
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