Enhanced Warfighter Tasking with a GMSEC-JMS Bridge Service

Period of Performance: 10/03/2012 - 01/01/2015


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Emergent Space Technologies, Inc.
6411 Ivy Lane, Suite 303
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Principal Investigator


ABSTRACT: The main objective of this task is to demonstrate that multiple systems with assorted architectures within the DoD can share data to better enable Warfighter Tasking. As opposed to manually transferring data products through high latency means like Microsoft PowerPoint or Word documents through email or file transfer protocol (FTP), which may require phone calls to operators and preparation time and then manual data entry into the application requiring the new information, data should be made available instantly 100% of the time when the proper security credentials are supplied. A Warfighter will make better informed decisions when more data is available to them in a timelier manner, which can significantly impact outcomes and the safety of our soldiers. The key technology that will enable enhanced Warfighter Tasking is a data format and protocol bridge service to connect the Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) Mission System (JMS) with the Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) Mission Services Interface (MSI), and potentially other platforms in the future. JMS employs a service-oriented architecture (SOA) that leverages web services and ORS employs the NASA GMSEC messaging architecture. BENEFIT: There are several benefits to be gained by developing a GMSEC-JMS bridge, which include: 1. Improved Warfighter tasking due to the availability of additional information (i.e. cloud cover, satellite positions, Intel, etc.) 2. Enabler for real-time flow of satellite information from the 50SW to JSpOC, as the 50SW is also looking at adopting GMSEC 3. Real-time awareness of ORS and JSpOC assets between both organizations 4. Ability to more rapidly interface with other DoD organizations 5. Enhanced readiness to adopt future technologies At the completion of Phase III, Emergent will be able to provide a fully operational software product that could be deployed to multiple DoD government organizations, such as the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). The initial customers for the MBS will be the JMS and ORS so data can be shared among the two different architectures. Emergent has also participated in demonstrations in the SMC-SN Compatible C2 Test Bed managed by The Aerospace Corporation in Chantilly, VA. The target customer for this demonstration could have an interest receiving information from the JMS or another GMSEC control center.