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Air Force looks to broaden targeting process

Dec. 23, 2013 - 04:22PM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
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The Air Force is seeking to include data on non-kinetic factors for its targeting process. The Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate is soliciting white papers on how to expand and speed up the targeting process.

Currently, "the targeting enterprise lacks efficient workflow and data hand-offs, causing lost time, redundancy of effort, and lesser quality products and effects across air, space, and cyberspace," says AFRL. In addition, incorporating intelligence into targeting suffers "due to the lengthy, disjointed workflow, lack of an automated production process, and limited analytical tools, these processes and accompanying products are also pre-disposed to high error rates and low production capacity."

The AFRL is also concerned about the lack of non-kinetic data, such as cyber and psychological operations, in the Joint Targeting Cycle. The Air Force wants automation to improve targeting data flow, as well as automated recommendations for new strikes on targets that have been attacked unsuccessfully.

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