Stottler Henke is developing the Business Operations Streamlining System (BOSS) project to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in helping Navy program managers (PMs) keep complex programs on schedule and on budget. BOSS will monitor and interpret internal and external documents to track program progress via knowledge about schedules, budgets, technologies, and contractors to recognize potential problems early and help frame effective responses swiftly.  Automated data processing will winnow the overwhelming volume of information PMs must track within and across programs, and provide early problem recognition, enabling PMs to retain a wider range of lower-cost and risk response options, such as parallelizing or expediting the most flexible tasks.  Support for generating and evaluating responses will promote effective low-impact options.

The three main issues PM face are (1) too many problems revealed (or hidden) in too much data; (2) fewer options with worse outcomes available for late responses; and (3) consequences obscured across program management boundaries.  Five technologies meet the need: (a) Model-Based Knowledge Management, (b) domain-specific information extraction and analysis, (c) diagnostic and prognostic decision assistance, (d) case-based reasoning, and (e) knowledge-driven scheduling and resource allocation.  We have unique experience and assets for all of these, including the TEAM, Aurora, and BEACON systems.  Our Phase II team and plan will deliver a validated solution to real Navy problems, saving millions of dollars and keeping programs on track for success.

Disclaimer: This material is based upon work supported  by the Naval Air Warfare Center under Contract No. N68335-20-G-1026. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NAVAIR.