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,
MIXER spin-on qualities as follows:
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
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
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
- Marine Corps Systems Command
- Naval Undersea Warfare
- Army Space and Strategic