TITLE: Interactive 4D
Overlay Tool for Joint Mission Planning System
Battlespace, Human Systems, Information Systems
ACQUISITION PROGRAM: PMA 281
(UAS) Strike Planning and Execution Systems
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OBJECTIVE: Develop a tool
capable of providing dynamic interactive 4D (3D+time) geographically referenced
overlays of multiple data formats in support of situational awareness to make
dynamic tactical decisions and to re-evaluate decisions.
several commercial off-the-shelf/government off-the-shelf (COTS/GOTS) tools
have the capability to dynamically generate various types of data overlays.
These overlays relate to various planning activities, including threat
tracking, jamming, and operating area information, as well as blue force
tracking and weather data. However, there is a lack of capability for the
Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS) multi-vehicle planner to visualize routes
and plans using these various data/information sources. The ability to
directly interact with the source programs allowing for course of action analysis
is also lacking.
The software tool is envisioned to allow these various data/information
sources, as outlined in the beginning of this section, in different formats to
geo-rectify data and additionally be able to manually/automatically control
data/information source applications to significantly improve situational
awareness in visualizing mission plans and facilitating mission rehearsals.
One of the more critical parts of this effort is the ability for the software
tool to be able to connect dynamically to the various data sources, either
local or remote, in order to (re)calculate position and/or effects based on
changes (e.g., (re)position jammers, release weapons, reposition ships within
the battle group). The overall goal is to increase the availability of unique,
tactical decision aids, and facilitate the visualization of plans and
dynamically show the effects of changes to the plans—effectively providing
enhanced battle space situational awareness, resulting in a more realistic
multi-domain mission management.
Developers may consider Keyhole Markup Language (KML) and/or other suitable
formats for overlays. It is also anticipated that the tool will have an
easy-to-use, intuitive human-computer interface. Again, this 4D overlay
planning tool should have the capability to visually review and optimize
The basic JMPS Software and detail description will be provided to contractors
awarded a Phase I contract.
Work produced in Phase II may become classified. Note: The prospective
contractor(s) must be U.S. owned and operated with no foreign influence as
defined by DoD 5220.22-M, National Industrial Security Program Operating
Manual, unless acceptable mitigating procedures can and have been implemented
and approved by the Defense Security Service (DSS). The selected contractor
and/or subcontractor must be able to acquire and maintain a secret level
facility and Personnel Security Clearances, in order to perform on advanced
phases of this project as set forth by DSS and NAVAIR in order to gain access
to classified information pertaining to the national defense of the United
States and its allies; this will be an inherent requirement. The selected
company will be required to safeguard classified material IAW DoD 5220.22-M
during the advanced phases of this contract.
PHASE I: Develop a dynamic
interactive information overlay concept suitable for the basic JMPS single
vehicle planner. The Phase I effort will include the development of prototype
plans for Phase II.
PHASE II: Expand the
capability developed in Phase I and create a prototype tool suitable for the
JMPS Multi-Vehicle Multi-Domain Mission Planning software.
It is probable that the work under this effort will be classified under Phase
II (see Description section for details).
PHASE III DUAL USE
APPLICATIONS: Based on successful prototype development, further refine if
necessary and test the tool’s functionality. Upon successful demonstration and
test results, the focus will be directed toward the transition and integration
of the tool into the JMPS Multi-Vehicle, Multi-Domain Mission Planning
software. This 4D overlay planning tool with the capability to visually review
and optimize delivery routes will benefit any company that deals with multiple
unmanned systems—both air and ground (e.g., delivery companies such as Amazon,
United Parcel Service, etc.).
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Overlay; Geo-rectified; Mission-Planning; Multi-Vehicle; Interactive; Mission
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