Stouch1, D., Rosenberg1, B., Patrick2, J., and Champagne3, V.

Poster presentation at MODSIM 2011, Virginia Beach, VA (October 2011).

Aircraft platforms, sensor packages, and automated collection planning strategies to employ them in ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconaissance) missions are constantly evolving. It is a challenge to determine the relative strengths and weaknesses of these new technologies. We present a decision-support analysis tool called ICONVIEW (ISR Constellation Visualization and Investigative Evaluation Workbench) for analysts to compare ISR capabilities and approaches to employing them using modeling and simulation-based experiments. The analyst specifies an operational scenario with environmental information, a set of nominated collections, and sensor and platform capabilities. They then configure algorithms to generate collection plans, and define customizable metrics based on specific military needs. Finally, they compare the efficacy of each collection strategy and document their conclusions.

ICONVIEW provides a decision-making tool for acquisition managers; impartially and empirically evaluates operational effectiveness, cost, and schedule; objectively compares approaches to ISR capabilities; and facilitates the Analysis of Alternatives (AOA) process using comparative analysis. Our capability demonstrates the utility of using a workbench environment for collection planners to design and run experiments, providing an intuitive understanding of the suitability of particular options and facilitating a more agile evaluation capability that keeps pace with rapidly changing technology in response to current military needs.

Our solution provides many benefits. The workbench environment within ICONVIEW allows a user to iteratively design and run experiments to evaluate ISR capabilities. The impartial metrics enable unbiased comparison of candidate ISR capabilities. Our standardized entity representation allows for easier integration with other systems and models. The tool’s extendable architecture supports current and emerging ISR capabilities; its dynamic scenario specification provides the ability to evaluate each ISR capabilities against multiple, realistic problems; and finally our intuitive metric and plan visualization provides understanding of which solutions are better, and why.

1 Charles River Analytics
2 AFRL/RYAA, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
3 Patch Plus Consulting

For More Information

To learn more or request a copy of a paper (if available), contact D. Stouch.(Please include your name, address, organization, and the paper reference. Requests without this information will not be honored.)