DARPA builds AI to avoid Army and USAF fratricide

March 5, 2021
JADC2 will need to navigate how to ensure that Air Force and Army weapons developed for long-range precision fires are not redundant or incompatible, reports Theresa Hitchens for Breaking Defense.

WASHINGTON - DARPA’s planned AI tool to help de-conflict joint fires in All Domain Operations will undergo live testing in the first half of 2024, says program manager Paul Zablocky, reports Theresa Hitchens for Breaking DefenseContinue reading original article.

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

March 5, 2021 - The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., recently awarded two contracts for the first and second phases of the Air Space Total Awareness for Rapid Tactical Execution (ASTARTE) project: one to Raytheon for $7.6 million; another to Systems and Technology Research (STR) in December for $8.3 million.

ASTARTE is part of DARPA’s Mosaic Warfare program to create next-generation systems to support and expand Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2). The Mosaic Warfare concept envisions the individual capabilities needed to fight an all-domain battle — sensors, shooters, command and control networks, etc. — as mix and match “tiles” that can be used to build a “mosaic” battle plan.

Think kill webs, not kill chains. Instead of platforms like the B-2 bomber, think functional technology nodes like an advanced infrared sensor configured on the fly using AI tools. Think building a LEGO spaceship not from a kit with a blueprint, but free-form from a drawer of jumbled pieces.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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