Interactive software to Aid Surface Fleet in Mission Planning Technology

By CIOReview | Wednesday, December 24, 2014

ARLINGTON, VA: Research is necessitated by the need to keep threats at bay or at least foresee dangers and face them. This certainly holds good for naval forces as they have risk all round them.

To this end, Office of Naval Research (ONR) has sponsored R&D into new interactive software which can help surface fleet to find the best routes around hazards in waterways around the world. The software was previously used to plan safe submarine missions, will be installed on the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) this month.

The software which is a part of ONR’s mission planning application technology intends to review chart markings in very short time span, point out potential dangers accurately and create risk-free routes around rocks, reefs and shallow spots. It would reduce planning time and help the commanders to focus on successful execution of the mission.

Eric Beidel for ONR reports that this installation on USS Mobile Bay will help researchers refine the mission planning technology for the surface ship community and that ONR would work with the submarine community to ensure a successful transition to the fleet.

This interactive software’s tools facilitate the synchronization of a route plan and assist in creating a visual detail of basic questions like “what, when, where, why and how,” specifically for each mission. “Our goal is for Sailors to be able to carry out a mission effectively and safely. This system merges a variety of crucial data so planners can integrate information ahead of time and the command team can focus on the critical operations at hand,” says Dr. William “Kip” Krebs, program officer, ONR’s Warfighter Performance Department. “