AFRL Seeks to Revolutionize Air Operations Planning Via ‘Fight Tonight’ Program

The Air Force Research Laboratory is seeking white papers for a five-year program that seeks to transform air operations planning by combining interactive gaming with planning driven by artificial intelligence to reduce the planning cycle for air tasking orders.

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The Fight Tonight broad agency announcement has a ceiling value of approximately $99 million and focuses on two technical areas, according to a notice published Dec. 1.

The first technical area focuses on interactive plan refinement and the second TA deals with plan gaming and outcome analysis. AFRL plans to make two awards for each TA.

The Air Force expects the program to result in the development of “human-guided AI” and gaming environment that will enable operators to gain insight into future battlespace by assessing and exploring combat plans.

The BAA is composed of two phases and AFRL is currently requesting submissions for the initial phase. Phase 2 is a 24-month initiative that seeks to demonstrate capability to “support air operations planning in a major Air Force evaluation context, to include planning for thousands of targets as part of a coalition force,” according to the notice.

The lab said individual awards will not normally exceed 30 months and dollar values will range between $3 million and $40 million.

White papers for the two technical areas are due Jan. 10. If selected, AFRL will request and accept proposals through Feb. 25.

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