An Air Force software tool helped coordinate the evacuation of civilians in Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON — A tool created by an Air Force software factory played a significant role in the recent evacuation of civilians from Afghanistan, according to the service.

The tool, built by Kessel Run, a first-of-its-kind software factory within the Army, provided real-time, theater-wide knowledge of the logistics of the operation. evacuation, allowing for more informed decision-making.

The Command and Control Incident Management Emergency Response Application, or C2IMERA, provides reporting, planning, force generation, emergency management, command and control monitoring and execution. control. It uses customizable and optimized tools for a common operational picture and dashboard that consolidates information for enhanced command and control capabilities.

“The safe transit of more than 124,000 American and American personnel, allies and partners, and Afghans at particular risk from Kabul during the last two weeks of August was an extraordinary effort professionally conducted by GAC. [Air Mobility Command] and AFCENT [Air Force Central Command], coalition and joint force Airmen,” said Lt. Gen. Greg Guillot, who leads the Ninth Air Force and is the air component chief for U.S. Central Command. “Kessel Run’s C2IMERA application served as a reliable and adaptable tool when planning and executing this complex and historic operation.”

The evacuations from Afghanistan appear to be taking place as the United States withdraws its forces and the Taliban take 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 Department of Defense, which have tried to embrace best business practices and realize the power of bringing modern software capabilities to its sometimes antiquated procedures and platforms. and the industrial age.

“Before the capacity request, the AFCENT [U.S. Air Forces Central] and their installations relied on typical manual processes like Excel spreadsheets – which work in many cases – but are inefficient and do not allow for distributed access, data aggregation or visualization capabilities,” said said Captain Maurice Morrell, program manager for the C2IMERA. Team up with Kessel Run. “The Kessel Run C2IMERA team was able to modernize and update theater and installation systems software, providing an effective tactical-to-operational C2 bridge, as the operation was happening in real time.”

During the evacuation, a U.S. Air Forces Central Command location experienced an incident that affected a base’s flight operations, a service release said. The Combined Air and Space Operations Center used C2IMERA to receive automated incident and response alerts. This provided an additional level of near real-time coordination, going beyond the manual reporting process, saving response time and man-hours.

C2IMERA is now mandated for use at all Air Combat Command installations and is currently in use at over 40 Air Force installations.

Mark Pomerleau is a reporter for C4ISRNET, covering information warfare and cyberspace.

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