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Air Force Rome Laboratory
ISX was the integration and facilitation contractor in The DARPA / Rome Laboratory
Knowledge-Based Planning and Scheduling Initiative (DRPI). The was a seminole program
in the development of planning and scheduling technologies.
The DRPI program began during Desert Shield and involved the "crash development" of the
Dynamic Analysis and Replanning Tool (DART) over a 10 week effort. This tool provided an
analysis and visualization capability that was unavailable during that time. As a result,
the DART system was deployed and operationally utilized to support the deployment of men
and materials during Desert Storm.
As a product of this successful effort, DARPA and Rome Laboratory began the support of an
8-year effort in Planning and Scheduling Technologies in an effort to advance the state of
the research community and further enhance the transition of those technologies to
ISX's responsibility under this program was that of community facilitation and integration
support. ISX fostered the advancement of technologies within a research community of over
25 industrial and academic institutions.
ISX worked with DARPA to pioneer a new model in technology transition processes. This
facilitation process included:
- The development of "Domain Packages" that capture domain information, challenge problems,
exercise data, and metrics;
- The development of "Technology Packages" that capture technology components along with
documentation, API descriptions, and decision criteria for package application;
- The development of Technology Integration Experiments (TIEs), designed to bring together
complementary technology components to provide an effective operational capability.
- The development of Integrated Feasibility Demonstration (IFDs), designed to bring together
the results of multiple TIEs into a prototype system to support an operational need.
- The methods and methodologies for bringing together and galvinizing a research community,
including the communications methods and utilities.
DRPI benefited from a number of highly successful IFD efforts. Three of these extraordinary
efforts resulted in operational prototypes that transitioned to deployed operational systems
including DART, the TARGET course of action development tool, and the ACPT Air Campaign Planning
ISX earned the covetted "DARPA contractor of the year" for two consecutive years based largely
on the results of this program.
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