Lockheed Martin to Develop Learning Software to Assist and Train U.S. Air Force Planners

May 09, 2006, 01:00 ET from Lockheed Martin

    CHERRY HILL, N.J., May 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Defense Advanced
 Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE:   LMT) a $22
 million, 48-month contract to develop the Generalized Integrated Learning
 Architecture (GILA). GILA will help U.S. Air Force planners leverage the
 skills of expert operators to better control air space over the battlefield
 and to transfer expert knowledge to inexperienced personnel.
     Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL) will use
 advanced machine learning and planning research from top university
 teammates on U.S. Air Force systems and processes provided by Lockheed
 Martin Integrated Systems and Solutions (IS&S), Colorado Springs, CO. It
 will then integrate the results into tools for military planners, starting
 with WEBAD -- a web-based tool for airspace deconfliction.
     Planners in air operations centers use an Airspace Control Order (ACO)
 to define and control four-dimensional, time-space volumes in which an
 increasing number of manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and weapons
 remain separated, or "deconflicted." The dynamics of warfare make
 deconfliction difficult, which endangers pilots and reduces the
 effectiveness of aerial assets, particularly large numbers of UAVs. Adding
 to that difficulty are frequent rotations of personnel and a desire to
 reduce staff.
     GILA will help create the ACO by automatically learning the planner's
 tasks from an expert -- often by using only one example. Eventually it will
 outperform the novice human planner by 125 percent while giving the
 inexperienced user an embedded, accelerated training capability.
     "GILA will revolutionize the way expert skill and knowledge are
 captured and transferred," said Ken Whitebread, GILA principal investigator
 at Lockheed Martin ATL. "Using planning, learning and reasoning
 technologies, GILA will know what to learn, why it's important to learn it,
 and how to focus resources to quickly achieve that learning."
     Teammate James Hendler, professor and director of the Joint Institute
 for Knowledge Discovery at University of Maryland, said GILA will be a
 notable challenge. "We have a team with some of the top researchers in the
 country coupled with Lockheed Martin's research and integration expertise.
 To get a system that can learn at the level this one must in four years is
 one of the hardest problems DARPA has tackled in modern times. "
     GILA technology could extend to other planning processes, significantly
 improving the U.S. Air Force's capability to rapidly and safely use large
 numbers of manned and unmanned aircraft and weapons.
     Lockheed Martin ATL leads the team that includes Lockheed Martin IS&S,
 Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center, University of Maryland, Georgia
 Institute of Technology, Georgia Tech Research Institute, University of
 Illinois, Arizona State University, Stanford University, University of
 Massachusetts, University of Wyoming, Oregon State University, and Fujitsu
 Laboratories of America.
     Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about 135,000
 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design,
 development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced
 technology systems, products and services.
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