AIR FORCE BASE SCOTT, Ill. – Amid government-wide efforts to transport Afghan evacuees from the Middle East, Mobility Air Force tracking data established the first live connection to the Unified Data Library on August 30.
The effort was led by the Air Mobility Command communications branch and the Global Decision Support System team, in conjunction with UDL developers from Bluestaq and the US Space and Missile Systems Center. Space Force.
âFor nine months, we worked on a plan to share our real-time mission data via the UDL, specifically to reach those outside of Air Mobility Command,â said Col. Bradley Rueter, director of the Commander’s Initiative Group. “But when Operation Allies Refuge began and the pieces started moving quickly, we had to speed up the schedule and pass the necessary data on to the larger joint force.”
Mission data, such as geographic location and mission information, has historically been stored in siled systems and designed to be available only to certain people, in support of specific mission areas. This situation was created by design to protect operationally sensitive data.
To address this issue, the Air Force Research Laboratory, Space and Missile Systems Center, and Air Force Space Command developed UDL – a highly scalable cloud environment, created to enable users in disparate locations easy and direct access to data.
âThere is a balance between ‘need to protect’ and ‘need to share’, and this operation required greater sharing of data between multiple agencies. On August 24, the teams made a huge effort to implement the plan to link our data to UDL, âsaid Colonel Robert Kelly, Director of Communications and Chief Information Officer. âLess than a week later, we made the final live connections and went from sharing data with just a few agencies to sharing with multiple mission partners on an integrated platform.â
The UDL will help provide tangible information to the Air Force as it builds the Advanced Combat Management System, the architecture through which the Air Force plans to conduct JADC2.
âThe combined team of government and AMC contractors worked long hours to build, test and deploy software to get the connections up and running. Marek, deputy director of communication. âNORTHCOM was finally able to gain critical visibility of flights to CONUS, allowing them to prepare for the movement or accommodation of the evacuees before they reached the east coast – it was a shared great success. “