WASHINGTON – A tool created by an Air Force software factory played an important role in the recent evacuation of civilians from Afghanistan, according to the service.
The tool, built by Kessel Run, a one-of-a-kind software factory within the military, provided real-time insight into the logistics of the theater-wide evacuation operation, enabling more informed decision-making.
The Emergency Response Application for Command and Control Incident Management, or C2IMERA, provides reporting, planning, force generation, emergency management, command and control oversight, and execution. It uses customizable and optimized tools for a common operational picture and dashboard that consolidate information for enhanced command and control capabilities.
“The safe transit of more than 124,000 Americans and US personnel, allies and partners, and Afghans at particular risk from Kabul during the last two weeks of August has been an extraordinary, professionally-led effort by AMC. [Air Mobility Command] and AFCENT [Air Force Central Command], coalition and joint forces aviators, ”said Lt. Gen. Greg Guillot, who heads the Ninth Air Force and heads the air component of US Central Command. “Kessel Run’s C2IMERA application served as a reliable and adaptable tool as we planned and executed this complex and historic operation. “
The evacuations from Afghanistan appear to be taking place as the United States withdrew its forces and the Taliban took control of the country. The Air Force said it and its industry partners were able to quickly update C2IMERA in four days to understand the rapidly changing environment to meet real-world needs.
This capability is essential for the Air Force and the Department of Defense, which have tried to adopt best business practices and realize the power to bring modern software capabilities to its sometimes archaic procedures and platforms. and the industrial age.
“Before the capacity request, AFCENT [U.S. Air Forces Central] and their installations relied on typical manual processes such as Excel spreadsheets – which work in many cases – but which are inefficient and do not allow distributed access, data aggregation or visualization capabilities, ” said Captain Maurice Morrell, program manager for C2IMERA Team up with Kessel Run. “The Kessel Run C2IMERA team was able to modernize and update the theater and facility systems software, providing an efficient tactical and operational C2 bridge, as the operation took place in real time. “
During the evacuation, a U.S. Air Force Central Command site experienced an incident that affected base flight operations, a service statement said. The Combined Air and Space Operations Center used C2IMERA to receive automated alerts of the incident and the response. This provided an additional level of near real-time coordination, going beyond the manual reporting process, saving response time and labor hours.
C2IMERA is now mandated for use in all Air Combat Command facilities and is currently in use in over 40 Air Force facilities.
Mark Pomerleau is a journalist for C4ISRNET, covering information warfare and cyberspace.