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Session D1b: NAVWAR: Situational Awareness

NAVWAR Emitter Warning Tactical (NEWT) Display for Aircrew Situational Awareness in GPS-denied Operations (ASiAGO)
William Deike, Michael Corey, AFRL/RYWN; Tim Bartlett, and Peter Heinig, The Perduco Group
Location: Ballroom B
Date/Time: Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2:50 p.m.

AFRL PA Approval Process Broken - Will update w/ new abstract soon. Previous abstract from 2018.
The DoD is investing in technologies and strategies to mitigate the capability gaps revealed by anti-access / area-denial (A2/AD) environments, sometimes referred to as “contested” environments. Positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) concerns include the inherent vulnerabilities of the GPS signal and the warfighter’s over reliance on the accuracy and availability of GPS for ensuring mission success. To date, the mitigation efforts for PNT have focused on hardening GPS receivers and antennas against navigation warfare (NAVWAR) tactics, such as jamming and spoofing, as well as fusing measurements from alternative sensors into inertial navigation systems (INS) to provide non-GPS precision navigation when GPS is denied, degraded, or unavailable. These initiatives to mitigate NAVWAR have uncovered a critical knowledge gap that needs to be addressed in the near term. Aircrews have unsuitable situational awareness into their navigation system health and performance, and they lack insight or feedback about environmental NAVWAR threats. This lack of situational awareness can compromise mission objectives.
ASiAGO is a collaborative program to reveal the current gaps in tactics for NAVWAR environments and explore the art of the possible on improving aircrew situational awareness. A visualization engine has been developed that provides real-time NAVWAR situational awareness (both internal and external) for military aircrews in support of ASiAGO. The capability was developed to showcase the actionable information that could be provided to pilots in real-time but is currently obscured or unavailable.
The team developed a transition-ready piece of hardware referred to as the NAVWAR Emitter Warning Tactical (NEWT) Display. This briefing will cover recent operational testing of the device and the future roadmap to improve warfighter situational awareness.



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