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Rome Lab, National Guard unit to partner on cutting-edge research

Posted 9/28/22

“This partnership captures the pillars of our continued dedication to enhance warfighter capabilities, expand available technical options and deliver with impact,” said Col. Fred Garcia, director of AFRL’s Information Directorate.

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Rome Lab, National Guard unit to partner on cutting-edge research

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ROME — A new partnership has been forged between the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate and the 152nd Air Operations Group, part of the New York Air National Guard, to expand development, experimentation and integration of artificial intelligence/machine learning command and control capabilities.

“This partnership captures the pillars of our continued dedication to enhance warfighter capabilities, expand available technical options and deliver with impact,” said Col. Fred Garcia, director of AFRL’s Information Directorate.

“The proximity of our organizations will enable a fluid exchange of ideas and information that will deliver unparalleled advances to enable our Airmen and Guardians to act more rapidly,” Garcia added.

The partnership will support U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command requests to harness cutting-edge machine-intelligence research, and increase the speed of command and control, or C2.

“Command and control is about decision superiority and this partnership will improve security and protection,” Garcia said. “The partnership will also allow for easier creation, integration and support of functionality, providing a more straightforward setup to enable better management and performance.”

Additionally, the partnership will scale operations supporting groundbreaking efforts like Joint All Domain Command and Control and the Advanced Battle Management System.

“This collaboration will use consistent operator-informed research and experimentation to more effectively streamline project development to produce warfighter-validated end-products,” said Lee Seversky, project lead for Autonomy Command and Control at AFRL’s Information Directorate.

The partnership will develop, execute and optimize a repeatable process to assess the utilization of emerging of artificial intelligence/machine learning command and control technologies and develop tactics, techniques and procedures that support next-generation concept of operations.

“No single organization can coordinate and synchronize this required whole-of-Air Force approach,” said Dr. Mark H. Linderman, chief scientist of AFRL’s Information Directorate. “But collectively, we can develop and deliver high-impact effects for refinement, replication and redistribution to our warfighters.”

Additionally, the 152 AOG will lend operators and subject matter experts to support the AFRL Information Directorate’s Autonomy Command and Control portfolio. They will also leverage AFRL’s technical prowess in concert with their operational expertise to advance the Department of the Air Force’s C2 enterprise.

“Sometimes teamwork really does make the dream work,” said Col. Kevin B. St. John, commander, 152 AOG, New York Air National Guard. “The fact is, we accomplish more and attain greater results and benefits when we work together – when we indeed collaborate. Teamwork is a tool for achieving mission goals.”

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