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In today’s rapidly evolving mission environments, warfighters need new vehicles, weapons and other systems fielded quickly. Current design and development approaches, however, are unable to deliver those systems in a timely manner. To help overcome these challenges, DARPA’s Adaptive Vehicle Make (AVM) portfolio of programs is working to develop revolutionary approaches for the design, testing and manufacturing of complex defense systems, with the goal of shortening development timelines by five times or more. Thanks to strong early test results and a new opportunity to transition the technology, DARPA has decided to speed its current AVM successes to the defense industrial base in 2014—years earlier than originally planned.
The goal of the Adapting Cross-domain Kill-webs (ACK) program is to develop an overall framework, algorithms, and software prototypes for decentralized construction and adaption of multi-domain (space, air, land, surface, subsurface, cyber) kill webs â€“ i.e. software decision aids to coordinate the selection of the specific sensors, effectors, and support elements across domains to form kill webs delivering desired effects on targets.