Dynamic Effects Based Command and Control

Period of Performance: 04/24/2000 - 01/24/2001


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Array
Woburn, MA 01801
Principal Investigator


A three part approach is proposed to develop and demonstrate a system for Dynamic Effects Based Command and Control that will support and enhance joint future operational capabilities. The approach uses (a) an innovative effects-based planning and execution process that integrates intelligence, planning and execution functions for dynamic planning and tailoring actions to the desired effects; (b) a Phase I proof of concept demonstration that utilizes both COTS and already developed experimental software; and (c) operational and systems architecture views of the proposed system that conform to the C4ISR Architecture Framework version 2. This conformance is essential if COTS software is to be used so that future evolution of the system will allow the use of both upgrades of current commercial packages and the incorporation of future packages that offer improved performance and functionality. The architecture and its effectiveness for providing the link between major planned actions and overall desired effects of those actions will be demonstrated through the use of an existing suite of COTS and experimental tools. The demonstration will show the functionality of the effects-based planning and execution process and will set the requirements for the COTS software that will implement the systems architecture in Phase II. An innovative suite of tools and techniques that support development, execution and dynamic assessment of the application of resources to meet overall objectives will not only improve mission performance in military environments, but will be invaluable in civilian crisis management, including terrorist incidents, natural disasters (e.g., earthquakes) and man-made disasters (e.g., transportation and power plant accidents).