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Blue Guardian: open architecture intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) demonstrations
Author(s): Russell G. Shirey; Luke A. Borntrager; Andrew T. Soine; David M. Green
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Paper Abstract

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) - Sensors Directorate has developed the Blue Guardian program to demonstrate advanced sensing technology utilizing open architectures in operationally relevant environments. Blue Guardian has adopted the core concepts and principles of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (AFRCO) Open Mission Systems (OMS) initiative to implement an open Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform architecture. Using this new OMS standard provides a business case to reduce cost and program schedules for industry and the Department of Defense (DoD). Blue Guardian is an early adopting program of OMS and provides much needed science and technology improvements, development, testing, and implementation of OMS for ISR purposes. This paper presents results and lessons learned under the Blue Guardian Project Shepherd program which conducted Multi-INT operational demonstrations in the Joint Interagency Task Force – South (JIATF-S) and USSOUTHCOM area of operations in early 2016. Further, on-going research is discussed to enhance Blue Guardian Multi-INT ISR capabilities to support additional mission sets and platforms, including unmanned operations over line of sight (LOS) and beyond line of sight (BLOS) datalinks. An implementation of additional OMS message sets and services to support off-platform sensor command and control using OMS/UCI data structures and dissemination of sensor product data/metadata is explored. Lastly, the Blue Guardian team is working with the AgilePod program to use OMS in a full Government Data Rights Pod to rapidly swap these sensors to different aircraft. The union of the AgilePod (which uses SOSA compliant standards) and OMS technologies under Blue Guardian programs is discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 April 2017
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10205, Open Architecture/Open Business Model Net-Centric Systems and Defense Transformation 2017, 102050J (25 April 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2263864
Show Author Affiliations
Russell G. Shirey, Air Force Research Lab. Sensors Directorate (United States)
Luke A. Borntrager, Air Force Research Lab. Sensors Directorate (United States)
Andrew T. Soine, Air Force Research Lab. Manufacturing and Materials Directorate (United States)
David M. Green, Univ. of Dayton Research Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10205:
Open Architecture/Open Business Model Net-Centric Systems and Defense Transformation 2017
Raja Suresh, Editor(s)

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