Case Study

Maintaining Our Military Edge:Cloud Based Decision Support Solution

Christian Kaman
8 Minutes

Summary


Air Force unit personnel often have no way to efficiently collect, share or search for information about recent external engagements, or projects, for appropriate stakeholders within the command.

Air Force unit has collaborate with  tekimax to help them create and implement a software-based solution that will enable the collection of project and engagement data as close to the occurrence of the event as possible, at the lowest possible echelon.  This solution will enhance situational awareness at all levels, reduce duplication of efforts and improve processes across the command resulting in a well-informed force that is ready to fly, fight and win.

Challenge

Due to the (sometimes) sensitive nature of military related data, Air Force unit was not able to implement a commercial product and have it meet the security and usability requirements imposed by the Department of Defense. Additionally, the solution couldn’t impose any additional time requirements on Air Force personnel.

Solution

By utilizing the Mission Model Canvas and methodologies taught by the Hacking for Defense program at the University of West Florida, we conducted over 40 interviews of Air Force Unit personnel and civilians with a Department of Defense association.  These interviews revealed exactly what a solution would need to provide for acceptance and willing use from Air Force Unit and its’ subordinate units.

Based upon this information, we generated a high-fidelity prototype for Air Force unit. After a few modifications, we arrived at technologically feasible and implementable solution.  Amazon Web Services (AWS), coupled with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning provide a storage mechanism, as well as a query and reporting mechanism for all the data obtained by traveling Air Force personnel.  Loading the data into the AWS database is accomplished via a lightweight and custom mobile application which utilizes speech-to-text functionality to allow a user to narrate their experience.  We call this solution the Enhanced Situational Awareness Platform, or ESAP

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

Phase I Proposal  -  Awarded (2019)

  • Department/Ind. Agency DEPT OF DEFENSE
  • Contracting Agency DEPT OF THE AIR FORCE
  • Award Type PURCHASE ORDER
  • Contracting Office FA8649 USAF SBIR STTR CONTRACTING
  • Procurement ID FA864919PA272