Red Hat Helps Improve Flight Scheduling for US Armed Forces

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The US Department of Defense (DoD) has part­nered with Red Hat to help the US Navy (USN), US Marine Corps (USMC), and the US Air Force (USAF) to improve squadron oper­a­tions and flight train­ing.

Red Hat and DoD worked togeth­er to help improve air­craft and pilot sched­ul­ing for the air­crews of the three mil­i­tary branch­es.

The project team worked with Red Hat Open Innovation Labs to iden­ti­fy prob­lems and to build a dig­i­tal ‘puck­board’ appli­ca­tion to address the sched­ul­ing chal­lenge.

The team brought togeth­er mem­bers from the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), USN, USMC and USAF to part­ner with Red Hat experts to devel­op a ‘strate­gic approach’ in order to build a new flight sched­ul­ing sys­tem.

The objec­tive was to address the prob­lem of how to “improve and digi­tise the man­age­ment of flight train­ing oper­a­tions”.

The DoD want­ed to sim­pli­fy the process, which is man­u­al and involves sev­er­al vari­ables con­tain­ing the infor­ma­tion per­tain­ing to each pilot.

Red Hat Open Innovation Labs glob­al senior direc­tor Michael Walker said: “Application devel­op­ment for mis­sion-crit­i­cal process­es, like US Armed Forces flight sched­ul­ing, needs to start at a fun­da­men­tal lev­el by under­stand­ing and address­ing the real prob­lem.

“The USMC, USN and USAF, along with the DIU, knew the real­i­ty of the chal­lenge fac­ing them and, with the help of Red Hat Open Innovation Labs, now have not only the tech­no­log­i­cal skills but also the devel­op­ment and organ­i­sa­tion­al process­es in place to build a solu­tion that can scale across organ­i­sa­tions and teams.”

Engagement of the cross-func­tion­al team with Red Hat Open Innovation Labs result­ed in the replace­ment of the tra­di­tion­al water­fall approach with Agile, DevOps, and lean prod­uct devel­op­ment prac­tices.

The project team is devel­op­ing the puck­board appli­ca­tion to digi­tise the man­u­al flight sched­ul­ing process.

The mil­i­tary ser­vices also intend to incor­po­rate machine learn­ing and arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence capa­bil­i­ties into the solu­tion.

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Source: Naval Technology

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