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The Department of Defense has identified METAPHOR MIXER as an example of "spin-on" technology. Spin-on technology is developed initially for a commercial purpose, then finds a dual-use which addresses a Department of Defense need better and cheaper than home-grown solutions. Historically, the flow of technology transfer spun-off military use into the commercial realm. The Pentagon now fully accepts the diversity and richness of commercially available techniques in solving Information Age problems.

A recent Air Force white paper titled, SPACECAST 2020 - PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION, describes METAPHOR MIXER spin-on qualities as follows:

"One method of employing virtual reality as a database navigating and mining tool is used on Wall Street for managing stock portfolios. It uses a virtual world in which stocks and groups of stocks are represented by symbols of different color, shape, position, motion, and other metaphors. This enables a stock portfolio manager to use the computer to generate patterns and color changes that summarize at a glance the health and trends of many more stocks than could be managed as well by flipping through files or complex computer screens with tables of numbers It is easy to see how this type of application could be used to summarize much of the data that threatens to overwhelm the military person."

Superior timing, coordination, and the control of shared information allow commanders to mass forces only where and when necessary -- then deliver explosive strike capability. This imparts the ability to orchestrate apparent chaos on the battlefield, thereby overwhelming and confusing a slower, and less reactive enemy. Integrated, fast-moving operations will benefit from a battlespace visualization which structures the underlying, abstract information needed during a deployment and presents its complexity in understandable, visual symbols. METAPHOR MIXER data fusion and decision support visualization systems deliver strategic topsight over an organization's data, providing an understanding of the evolving big picture with instantaneous "drill-down" ability to access particular information.

Our wholly-owned subsidiary, Maxus Strategic Systems Inc., has been selected by the Warrior Training Alliance, a coalition led by Raytheon Technical Services Company and Computer Sciences Corporation, to provide decision support visualization and simulation capabilities to the U.S. Army's Warfighter Field Operations Customer Support (FOCUS) program.

Maxus will provide its patented METAPHOR MIXER visualization interface and data mining methodology and tools to enable the WTA team to enhance battle training situation awareness. The WTA plans to leverage our technology in the additional areas of logistics, supply chain, maintenance, and life cycle management.

The WTA is a coalition of industry leaders in training support with proven, current and relevant experience across all training environments, including live, virtual and constructive. The alliance was recently awarded the contract by the U.S. Army Program Executive Office, Simulation, Training and Instrumentation for the Warfighter FOCUS program. With a combined legacy of successfully executing large-scale and complex programs, the WTA is organized to apply the right resources to successfully accomplish each task and to deliver the best value, lowest risk solutions. Additional information is available at Warrior Training Alliance

Maxus Strategic Systems Inc. has had the opportunity to work on C4I initiatives with the following facilities:

  • Office of Naval Research
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research
  • Marine Corps Systems Command
  • Naval Undersea Warfare Center
  • NaRad
  • Army Space and Strategic Defense Command