Living Plan

Period of Performance: 09/30/2015 - 09/30/2017

$500K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Harmonia, Inc.
2020 Kraft Drive, Suite 2400 Array
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Firm POC
Principal Investigator

Abstract

ABSTRACT:This woman-owned, disadvantaged, and HubZone-certified small business is proposes OPTIMUS (Optimized Planning Through Iterative Mission Updates and Synthesis), a standalone system that addresses specific problems faced by Air Force Planners and Force Providers with regard to OPLAN Maintenance and Consequence Management: (1) OPTIMUS simplifies the force selection process by eliminating the need to cross-reference multiple force readiness systems when finding forces to satisfy OPLAN requirements. We do this through a process of consolidating data from several systems and presenting it to the user in a simple, intuitive manner. (2) Making changes to force assignment can lead to a ?ripple-effect? in other OPLANs. With OPTIMUS, a Planner or Force Provider may overcome this dilemma using the Planning Workspace which acts as a sandbox for previewing any side effects caused by the current changes. This feature can drastically save time by catching problems early before being saved and propagating into other OPLANs. (3) Our Notification System gives Planners and Force Providers a visual cue when force related data has changed within one of their OPLANs. Based on this work we also derive a comprehensive enterprise architecture for readiness reporting and planning systems.BENEFIT:OPTIMUS helps automate what are today manual and mundane tasks. It will notify force providers and planners when force data has changed versus routinely investigating each OPLAN to inspect the forces simplifies the process of determining OPLAN viability and reducing the time needed for OPLAN maintenance. The military application is for use by the Force Provider, Air Staff. The COMAFOR (AOC & AFFOR Staff) determine the Aerospace requirements for the Combatant Commander?s OPLAN submission. The Air Staff then has the task of resourcing the OPLAN and keeping it resourced, which involves mundane manual work today that OPTIMUS will automate by providing notifications when OPLANs break and then providing a useful servant for the Air Staff to explore allocation changes that will fill the OPLAN requirements and view the ripple effect on other plans. OPTIMUS also has commercial application in similar problems of allocating resources to requirements in plans, such as in logistics.