Distributed Autonomy/Responsive Control – DA/RC

Distributed Autonomy / Responsive Control – DA/RC

Removing the dependency of unmanned systems on continuous communication.

Northrop Grumman’s DA/RC system is a leading prototype Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) system. It connects and controls a wide range of complex systems across all domains and services in highly contested environments.

This mature transformational software provides decision making superiority for a manned/unmanned fleet in up to a highly contested environment. Through DA/RC, operators are able to control a large number of assets at machine speed with scalable degrees of human oversight.

DA/RC capability will be instrumental in shaping the future of combat by enabling technology to work in closer collaboration with people. This transformational technology enables seamless human-machine collaboration for effective decision-making and cooperative mission management across distributed manned and unmanned assets.

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Connected to Defend

By distributing autonomy to each vehicle and automating time-critical tactical decision making, DA/RC allows missions to continue even in non-permissive environments where communication links may be jammed.

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The role of open systems plays an important part in connecting what’s referred to as the “Joint Force.” It is the combined and coordinated functioning of multiple service branches from the US and its international allies. Listen to Richard Sullivan, VP, on Ars Technica’s podast to learn more on how the Joint Force is becoming one.

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Goals of this revolutionary software:

  • Remove the dependency of unmanned systems on continuous communication
  • Automate the real-time tactical decision-making and routine tasks currently provided by humans for manned and unmanned systems
  • Improve the efficiency and accuracy of tactical decision-making required to operate multiple, cooperating systems in complex, dynamic, hostile environments
  • Reduce overall manpower
  • Provide an effective interface for humans to regulate, supervise and manage system behavior at all levels from total force to individual subsystems
  • Provide a interoperable/scalable architecture (UCI, OMS, micro services, cloud based)

The DA/RC approach underscores the power of human-machine teaming and enables faster, more efficient decision-making in complex and dynamic environments in the future.

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