The U.S. Air Force has launched a program that seeks to provide uniformed personnel access to data and expedite the decision-making process in the battlefield through the use of cloud-based platforms, C4ISRNET reported Tuesday.
Adam Stone writes the kill chain integration branch at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts introduced the “Data-to-Decisions” program as part of the Air Superiority 2030 initiative launched in 2015.
Under the Data-to-Decisions initiative, program managers intend to develop a “combat cloud” network that aims to combine data from various platforms to facilitate interoperability of data communications platforms, Stone reports.
The Data-to-Decisions team conducted experiments in July and November 2016 to demonstrate how the cloud-based network facilitates data sharing and processing operations between aircraft and ground operators.
“We utilized some data analytics to simulate the ability to have a distributed cloud, where we were doing some automated object identification and imagery processing,” Capt. Brenton Byrd-Fulbright, Data-to-Decisions program manager.
“It showcased our ability to do rapid processing outside of the more conventional processing nodes and ground stations,” he added, according to the report.