Offensive Mine Warfare (MIW) Planning and Assessment Software Framework

Period of Performance: 07/06/2015 - 05/06/2016


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

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


The United States Department of Defense (DoD) is facing a time when budgets are shrinking as the number of volatile and hostile nations around the world grows. Offensive mining is a potentially low-cost solution that allows the US to apply pressure to hostile nations. Traditional minefields are created using manned delivery platforms that could be used elsewhere in the war effort. New technologies, such as the Advanced Undersea Weapons System (AUWS), will use unmanned vehicles (UxVs) for clandestine placement of sensors and weapons and will provide solutions that blend human and autonomous controls for minefield deployment and activation, and enable precision placement of sensors and mines using onboard GPS coordinate tracking. Current models for planning offensive minefields require human interaction between stand-alone models; this makes it difficult to incorporate new data and replan quickly. Here, Metron proposes to create a new offensive mine planning software solution that will allow for incorporation of outside data and assessment of plans createdusing stakeholder measures of effectiveness (MOE).