DEFCON AI to Develop Logistics Software for US Air Mobility Command
DEFCON AI has received a $1.2 million Phase II Small Business Innovation Research contract to provide US Air Mobility Command (AMC) with logistics training and rehearsal software.
AMC serves under the US Air Force as part of the US Transportation Command.
The contract was awarded through the US Air Force AFWERX/Agility Prime program, which requires continued development of its operational-level mobility and logistics training software.
AMC will utilize the software to create a digital replica of its operational logistics network for training and mission planning “in the event of disruptions” from natural disasters or adversary manipulation.
“We have seen the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on global supply chains — supplies have not made it to their destination by the time they were needed — these types of impacts can also occur within AMC’s network,” DEFCON AI Co-Founder and Chief Strategic Officer Paul Selva said.
“We must expect that our future adversaries will explicitly prevent the buildup of regional forces and will use direct and indirect means to disrupt US deployment and sustainment operations.”
“Understanding that these future events may arise, it is essential that we build and have mechanisms in place to prepare for such scenarios.”
Overcoming Future Logistics Challenges
The software will enable AMC operational planners to gain an overview of the effects of decisions in a simulated mobility network.
The simulation data includes various courses of action and replay scenarios that can be compared to assist the command during missions in real-world disruption or contested environments.
“It’s not hard to imagine a future environment that presents a variety of dilemmas that confound how Air Mobility Command has executed rapid global mobility in the past, when the focus was on countering violent extremist organizations,” AMC Initiative Group Director Col. Bradley Rueter said.
“Giving mobility planners, at all echelons, a way to better understand a future where disruptions are common (and multi-domain) will allow them to overcome those challenges with novel strategies or schemes of maneuver.”