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The new dates for the DAF M&S Summit: Convergence of Effects MS&A are 12 - 14 April 2022. The Summit will be held at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center at 1250 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548. For questions, please email coe@doolittleinstitute.org. 

This is an in-person-only event brought to you by Doolittle Institute, the Innovation Institute for the Air Force Research Laboratory at Eglin AFB, FL.

**Registration open only to U.S. Citizens and FVEY** 

Abstracts DUE NO LATER THAN Tuesday, 15 February 2022 by 1700 Central Time

If you would like to be considered to present at the Summit, you must submit an abstract. You may choose up to two sessions for which to have your abstract considered for presentation. Session topics are listed below. Line of Effort (LOE) Chairs will review and down select submissions and all submitters will be notified of the status of their abstract for presentation by 15 March 2022.

Abstract Requirements

  • 250-word maximum
  • Word Document
  • 12 pt. font
  • Single spaced

Unclassified Abstracts

Submit your UNCLASSIFIED abstracts via this portal. 

Classified Abstracts

Submit CLASSIFIED abstracts to this SIPR email -  usaf.eglin.afrl-munitions-directorate.mbx.afrl-coe-sipr@mail.smil.mil 

Line of Effort (LOE) Session Topics - 2022 DAF M&S Summit

LOE #1 - Digital Engineering for Convergence of Effects for M&S

Line of Effort (LOE) Chair - James Sumpter, AFRL/RW james.sumpter.1@us.af.mil

Digital Engineering tools and methodologies provide the foundation for our MS&A capabilities to support the ABMS/JADC2 paradigm – highly connected bi-directional data flows from joint multi-domain assets to C2. Optimizing convergence of effects by leveraging the predictive capabilities of MS&A presupposes a connected System of Systems (SoS) analysis capability that doesn’t exist today. The digital, agile, open ecosystem will support and connect model-based engineering tools, data-lakes/warehouses/repositories and system reference architectures with synchronized information flows among represented battlespace nodes.  Key topic areas we’d like to consider in this session include:

  • Tech Stacks (infrastructure and tools) to support CoE analysis
  • MBSE applied to CoE SoS Mission Engineering
  • CoE data flow diagrams
  • CoE reference architecture that is greater than the sum of its parts (independently developed Effects GRAs)
  • Establish authoritative sources of data across effects
  • SoS Digital Twins – System Twin working in concert

LOE #2 - Command & Control

Line of Effort (LOE) Chair - Lee Seversky, AFRL/RI lee.seversky@us.af.mil

The ability to bring together multi-domain effects is a key tenet and driver of the joint all-domain operations DOD initiative.  However, with Convergence of Effects comes new pressures and challenges for today’s Command & Control and Battle Management capabilities spanning the following functions to include but are not limited to planning & dynamic replanning, multi-domain effects quantification, effects layering and synchronization, execution management, and battle damage assessment.  In addition, practical challenges include coordination & awareness of effects spanning multi-security levels, managing diverse effect planning & delivery timelines, quantification tools for effects packaging and assessment.  This thrust seeks approaches that address these operational challenges through novel technical solutions with the focus on those approaches that directly advance or enhance C2 capabilities for planning, quantifying, and assessing multi-domain effects.  This thrust is primarily focused on exploring the convergence of effects and C2 at the operational and battle management levels, with a secondary focus on tactical/unit level C2.   This thrust is not focused on new effect types, platforms, or delivery mechanisms, outside of their awareness to support C2 functions at the operational or battle management echelons.

LOE #3 - Human-Machine Teaming Session

Line of Effort (LOE) Chair Kristen Liggett, AFMC 711 HPW/RH kristen.liggett@us.af.mil

Essential to Convergence of Effects are the development of a Joint All-Domain sensing grid, an advanced mesh network, and robust decision-making capabilities.  With the need for artificial intelligence to process the vast amounts of data coming in via the sensing grid, effective human-machine teaming solutions will be necessary for swift decision making.  Also, as we move toward distributed operations to maintain the capability in degraded and contested environments, human-machine teaming solutions will be necessary to support communication and collaboration among teams conducting planning and execution activities.  This session is soliciting presentations that address human-machine teaming challenges and candidate technologies that can contribute to solutions.  These include the following:

  • Developing visualizations that incorporate non-physical domains (cyber, information, human) with physical domains (air, land, maritime, space) for accurate interpretation of the battlespace
  • Understanding massively aggregated JAD information/data across the sensing grid
  • Rapidly forming & operating as (multiple) distributed, heterogeneous teams
  • Maintaining humans as viable/valuable team members for key decision making
  • Ensuring useful & usable system capabilities emerge from the agile/DevSecOps process
  • Providing the “right” user experience to enhance acceptance and efficacy of M&S across the ecosphere

LOE #4 - Sensor Grid

Line of Effort (LOE) Chair - Nicholas Kovach, AFRL/RY nicholas.kovach.4@us.af.mil

Our aim is to discuss a path forward into true sensor fusion.  Without having a clear and reliable picture of the battlefield at the speed required for rapid decision making is the first step in creating the ability to truly converge on effects.  Collection of state information across all domains can only be accomplished through an effective and adaptable sensor grid.  This session will explore what is needed to create a realistic M&S environment that can be used to explore convergence under predictable and unpredictable conditions requiring the sensor grid to be adaptable to constantly changing conditions.

Please, submit topics that fit this topic.  Below is a list of topic examples.  If there is something that is pertinent to this topic that is not listed, please help us expand our scope by submitting an abstract that can help further our discussion.

  • Sensor Fusion
  • Exploitation of IoT
  • Software-defined frameworks for the Sensing Grid
  • Resilient Position, Navigation, and Timing
  • New and emerging sensor technology
  • Sensor Mesh
  • AI/ML techniques for centralized, edge, and stream processing of sensor data
  • Open Architecture applications

LOE #5 - Resilient Space

Line of Effort (LOE) Chair - Steven Fiedler, AFRL/ RVES - Steven.fielder@spaceforce.mil 

LOE #5 Description coming soon. 

LOE #6 - Effectors

Line of Effort (LOE) Chair - Christine Sumpter, AFLCMC/EZW christine.sumpter.1@us.af.mil

The warfighter requires the capability to deliver a spectrum of lethal and nonlethal effects against a variety of growing threats, across the range of current and future operating environments. The ability to leverage combined effects to overmatch our adversaries is an important enabler for providing offensive and defensive capabilities. Effectors include conventional kinetic energy, cyber, electronic warfare, and directed energy weapons. Coordinated methods for leveraging combined effects offer graduated levels to meet the commander’s intent, ranging from disruption to destruction, and could offer a broader range for alternative courses of action than those traditionally available.  This session is soliciting presentations that address leveraging operational and analytical capabilities across the spectrum of effectors and multiple domains within the M&S environment including KE/DE, Human Effects, Cyber, and Electronic Warfare to create the capability to model all-domain kill-webs and enable technologies that will bring advantage to the warfighter through converged effects.

  • Early cutting-edge results
  • AI/ML Battle Managers
  • Cyber effects modeling
  • Thought-provoking ideas not in the conversation
  • Data management of effectors while in-flight

LOE #7 - War Fighter Integration

Line of Effort (LOE) Chair - Maj. Marco Oronos, USAF HAF SAF/WFI - marco.oronos@us.af.mil

Support Convergence of Effects efforts by providing warfighter context to maintain operational focus for JADO EMS&A  to deliver combat capability.  Early-stage integration with end-users is key to more rapidly field technology that works right, the first time.  To meet this end state, we will create ongoing engagements with each LOE to ensure operator inputs are frequent and do not wane after initial engagements.

LOE #8 - M&S Techniques/Analyses

Line of Effort (LOE) Chair – LtCol Christina Obergfell, AFRL/RQ - christina.obergfell@us.af.mil

The M&S session includes ideas, research methods, and applications of M&S activities related to all parts of the F2T2EA kill chain and CoE.  The central M&S environment for much of the CoE effort will be AFSIM, but the session will not be limited to AFSIM applications.  Additionally, M&S must be viewed from the standpoint of the integration of current M&S and ancillary applications, as well as the ability to accept future M&S applications to “future proof” our ability to model CoE.  The M&S track will be unique due to the addition of a daily discussion session in the following paper presentations.  The discussion session will be focused on how to integrate analytical M&S, training M&S, other relevant applications, and creating an architecture to allow for divesture from legacy applications and the capability to easily integrate emerging and future applications.  Cutting edge analysis should immediately flow into training simulations, and C2 systems to compliment the speed of acquisition and increased effects to provide maximum lethality to the warfighters.

Some areas of interest in the M&S session are:

  • DAILY DISCUSSION SESSION: MS&A integration across the Joint/Coalition ecosphere
  • How cutting-edge AI and ML methods can synergize CoE M&S and vice versa
  • Operational and tactical outcomes regarding CoE using mission and campaign level simulations
  • Reduced-order modeling,
  • Distributed processing, LVC events for CoE
  • Use of M&S to provide data to AFSIM mission or STORM campaign simulations for CoE
  • Comparisons of M&S techniques for CoE
  • Novel uses of M&S in CoE applications
  • M&S tools: performance analysis, scalability
  • M&S Government Reference Architecture
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