Robust Coordination Under Extreme Uncertainty (Phase 1 Proposal Number D143-005-0143)

Period of Performance: 02/24/2016 - 04/06/2018


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Systems & Technology Research
600 West Cummings Park Array
Woburn, MA 01801
Firm POC
Principal Investigator


Under this effort, we propose to build COASTeR, Course of Action analysis by STR. COASTeR will build on our Phase I Robust Coordination effort, which demonstrated that courses of action (COAs) that include explicit pre-planning for contingencies can be effectively employed to proactively coordinate distributed battle management by mixed manned/unmanned teams in highly uncertain environments, improving battlespace outcomes and reducing cognitive load during mission execution relative to current state-of-the-art reactive approaches. Key innovations include the use of contingency policies to address classes of foreseeable battlespace disruptions, and a tractable approach to stochastic wargaming for COA analysis to inform selection of appropriate COAs. COASTeR will generalize and adapt the Phase I mechanism in several important ways. First, we will demonstrate the effectiveness of the Phase I coordination methodology beyond simplified air-to-ground kill chains to consider a wider set of missions, assets, and ways of employing them. Second, the wargaming capability will be extended to model metric time, capacitated resources, and multi-role assets. Finally, COASTeR will feature a model-based software design, providing modular capabilities to rapidly support user-defined missions and simplify alignment with DARPAs RSPACE and DBM programs.