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The Power of Information Age Concepts and Technologies Air Force Information Workflow Automation through Synchronized Air Power Management (SAPM)

By Carl Benkley, Irene Chang and John Crowley


Utilizing emerging information technologies, the Synchronized Air Power Management (SAPM) initiative presents an automated business process to integrate the Air Force (AF) Command and Control (C2) systems at the Wing level. The SAPM Phase I proof-ofconcept effort has demonstrated a significant reduction in the time to plan unit taskings, evaluate missions, and execute decisions. SAPM is a joint venture among ESC/AC, AFC2ISRC/DO, MITRE, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and DSRC. Implementing Extensible Markup Language (XML) messages, web services, and workflow automation, SAPM expands existing web-based capabilities, enables machine-to-machine interfaces, and streamlines the war fighter kill chain process. SAPM Phase I was successfully demonstrated to senior AF officers and representatives of DoD. Phase II is being developed at the MITRE facility in Bedford, Massachusetts. Background The AF war fighter kill chain is an operational process that cuts across most of the existing Battle Management Command, Control, and Communications (BMC3) systems

Year: 2011
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