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The 805th Combat Training Squadron‘s Shadow Operations Center-Nellis enables advanced technology assessment in conjunction with the U.S. Army Mission Command Combat Laboratory, or MCBL, under the Advanced Defense Projects Agency Full airspace awareness for rapid tactical executionor ASTARTE, an initiative recently held in Nellis Air Force Base.

ShOC-N is the Air Force’s premier combat laboratory that supports the development, advancement, and maturation of key technologies and capabilities designed to compress the chain of destruction for joint and coalition combatants.

In partnership with the Army and Air Force, ASTARTE is a DARPA-sponsored program designed to enable effective and efficient airspace operations and deconfliction in a highly congested combat space. ASTARTE automates the ability to provide a real-time common operational picture of the airspace within and above an Army division to reduce the time required to execute urgent joint fires. DARPA selected Raytheon Corporation to develop an artificial intelligence solution to solve the problem of airspace deconfliction, and the result is the Tactical Airspace Automation System, or ATLAS.

“To aid in the development and maturation of the ATLAS product, ShOC-N collaborated with MCBL to stage, plan and test a simulated battlespace designed to replicate the airspace complexities inherent in a joint area of ​​responsibility “, said Lt. Col. John. Ohlund, commander of the 805th CTS. “The ShOC-N modeling and simulation team used the modern air combat environment to transmit blue air tracks over the Army Persistent Experiment Network at MCBL.”

Test success was achieved when all blue air tracks sent by the ShOC-N were received by the Air Defense Systems Integrator and Tactical Airspace Integration System at Fort. Leavenworth, Kansas. Parallel testing with USA Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation Command, or STRICOM, at Fort Eustis, Va., yielded similar results when connected to the Ground Forces One Semi-Automated Force simulation.

The next ATLAS evaluation is scheduled for fall 2022, and the ASTARTE team is planning a fully integrated modeling and simulation environment that includes Theater Battle Management Core Systems, or TBMCS, a set of software systems used to plan and execute missions airborne military.

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