Campaign-Level Optimized Strike Planner

Period of Performance: 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Metron, Inc.
1818 Library Street Suite 600
Reston, VA 20190
Principal Investigator


ABSTRACT:Metron, Incorporated proposes to leverage the strike planning optimization methodology it previously developed for the USAF, its intimate knowledge of STORM, and its unrivaled expertise in developing innovative Department of Defense (DoD) M&S solutions to implement an optimal and efficient multi-criteria utility value function for assigning air packages to targets within STORM. This capability will empower STORM analysts to perform integrated cost-effectiveness modeling. Metron possesses existing, proven algorithms developed under the USAFs Fast Master Air Attack Plan (MAAP) initiative to optimize the allocation of strike resources against targets by simultaneously minimizing expected cost, maximizing expected effectiveness, and satisfying user-imposed constraints. We also have extensive experience employing STORM and the deep understanding of its architecture required to modify the model efficiently and securely. Our innovative approach involves externalizing the strike planning process in STORM to simplify development, maximize software reuse, and facilitate commercialization.BENEFIT:Current U.S. Air Force (USAF) and Joint modeling and simulation (M&S) analyses follow an inefficient process wherein cost and effectiveness are modeled independently and require imperfect, manual integration of results. Incorporating a concept of cost along with algorithms designed to minimize it into warfare models would provide a significantly improved capability to assess the fiscal feasibility and sustainability of plans, CONOPS, and acquisition strategies in diverse and rapidly-evolving scenarios. This capability would improve the effectiveness and impact of USAF and Joint studies and reduce the expense associated with conducting and integrating separate cost and warfare analyses.