Pentagon Seeks AI/ML Enhancements for Advanced Battle Management System

The U.S. Air Force is eager to digitally transform modern warfare by integrating emerging technologies in its Advanced Battle Management System.

In a request for information, the Air Force seeks a cloud-based command and control artificial intelligence and machine learning toolkit for an advanced system for driving decision making during missions.

The Advanced Battle Management System is being developed and tested by the Air Force to integrate various technologies and platforms across military domains. The goal is an expansive system that connects a plethora of military tech like sensors and drones to get all branches of the military to work together more smoothly.

The system has undergone a series of tests and demonstrations since its initial on ramping in 2019. In December of that year, the Air Force showcased the system’s ability to transmit data from Army radars and Navy destroyers to Air Force F-22 and F-35 fighter jets.

They also demoed the Space Force’s Unified Data Library, which integrates space and ground-based sensors.

Subsequent events have showcased capabilities including:

  • Detecting and defeating a simulated cruise missile threat with hypervelocity weapons
  • Relaying data from legacy fighters to newer, fifth generation aircraft like the F-22
  • Integrating allied nations like the Netherlands, Poland, and the UK into combined air operations

The system collects a myriad of data from places like space satellites, radars, and sensors in the ocean. That data is immediately processed and shared with soldiers, ships, planes, and command centers across the globe.

In the request, the Air Force specifically seeks ways to leverage AI and machine learning to make the system smarter and more responsive. They’re exploring ways AI can help whether it’s gathering data or helping different machines to better work together.

The ABMS was launched as part of a strategic pivot in response to technology initiatives with near-peer adversaries like Russia and China. Since 2018, the Pentagon has been on a mission to boost the military’s ability to conduct operations across all domains, by air, land, sea, space, and cyberspace.

The system is part of the Department of Defense’s broader Joint All Domain Command and Control initiative, also known as JADC2. The initiative seeks to connect sensors and shooters globally to give the US an edge in modern warfare, according to Air & Space Forces Magazine.

The Advanced Battle Management System was initially envisioned as a modern replacement for systems that focus on air surveillance and battle management from an airborne platform.

It has evolved to encapsulate data and communications across all domains.

Responses to the request for info are due by April 26th, 2024.

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