“We’re working with regional EMSO leaders to envision the best path ahead,” says Ken Dworkin, a Booz Allen executive advisor furthering strategic innovation for Indo-Pacific clients. Here are some of the top challenges Ken’s team identified—and how Booz Allen can help:
Challenge #1: Access to Information
Getting the right data to where it is needed is crucial. But data is typically siloed, trapped in closed, proprietary platforms that pose roadblocks to collecting, analyzing, processing, and delivering insights.
» How We Help: Open-Architecture Innovation
Our technologists create solutions using open frameworks, modern data platforms, and application programming interfaces that take data out of propriety systems to maximize discovery and interoperability.
Challenge #2: Tomorrow’s Tools—Needed Today
Commanders and operators need to be able to visualize and plan operations within the digital battlespace, a virtual environment for maneuver and action in the EMS. This requires digital tools and technologies that present understandable, actionable information.
» How We Help: Open-Source Visualization Solutions
“We create customized solutions that enable higher collaboration and greater insights,” says Charles. For instance, our Modular Detachment Kit is a scalable command and control (C2) system that provides visualization of the battlespace across multiple environmental planes. We also create visualization tools using agile software development and model-based systems engineering.
Challenge #3: Speed-of-Insight Delivery
Trusted information must be delivered to the warfighter when it’s needed to enable rapid, accurate decision making. Yet huge volumes of data flood military and intelligence operators faster than they can make sense of it, especially when analytic processes are person-power intensive.
» How We Help: Automation with AI
We deploy artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and other data-driven solutions to overcome the data deluge. They translate data into actionable insights and intelligence that enhance situational awareness—shortening the time it takes to make decisions and take action on EMSO-relevant timescales.
Challenge #4: System Security and Resiliency
Securing the many systems-of-systems involved in modern warfare and providing mechanisms for resilient operations are paramount mission requirements. But as more data moves between disparate systems using various different frequencies, the number of potential attack surfaces grows larger and more complex.
» How We Help: Cybersecurity and Edge Computing
To anticipate attacks and provide mechanisms for resilient operations, we integrate advanced AI-enabled cybersecurity measures into systems as they are developed, versus trying to add security later. Our technologists also develop edge computing and mesh networks—technologies that operate without cloud infrastructure and other traditional networks that are susceptible to EMS attacks.
Challenge #5: Thinking and Operating Differently
Working toward an enterprise-level approach to joint EMSO that leverages advanced technologies and extends to Indo-Pacific partners requires new mindsets and skills.
» How We Help: Supporting Change
We support clients in the cultural and training changes needed to realize enterprise transformations. This includes helping military organizations embrace a partnership mindset—across services and with partners and allies—and tailoring digital simulations and training solutions within the EMS environment to effect force readiness for EMSO.