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USAF to Demonstrate New Battle Management System; Will Roper Quoted

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Will Roper
Will Roper

The U.S. Air Force plans to soon demonstrate a new concept designed to help the military manage battlefield assets for multi-domain operations, Fedscoop reported Monday.  The Advanced Battle Management System’s first demonstration is scheduled to take place in about a month, the report noted.

“We’ll connect F-22s, F-35s, SpaceX Starlink satellites, Navy ships, Army soldiers,” Will Roper, USAF assistant secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said at an event with the Center for a New American Security.

The MDO approach involves integrated operation between military units and assets in air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. Roper said USAF will use cloud to drive the system that builds on existing commercial internet technology.

“We’re designing this with champions of commercial internet technology who are willing, just out of patriotism, to be contracted designers, to make sure that we don’t get outside of what worked for the internet,” the assistant secretary added.

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