Flying Knowledge Management Systems

Two of the latest generation of stealth fighter jets sent a message to Kim Jong Un last week as they flew over the Korean Peninsula in mock bombing drills. The F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter would likely lead any necessary air campaigns against North Korea. Although they may seem very different than what we might picture as a traditional KM system, each of these advanced fighters carry their own inflight versions of KM. At its essence knowledge management is having the ability to collect information from many different sources, coalesce and interpret it, and make good decisions based on it. In this case many different sensors are collecting information, sending it to a computer for some initial interpretation, and then sending it to the pilots so they can make good decisions on what too do next. All of this being done in near real time.

When it comes to air superiority this stealthy duet is unmatched. Combining the unique capabilities of each aircraft provides an unrivaled potential. The F-22 Raptor can provide an unparalleled air-to-air combat capability, while the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter incorporates new, unsurpassed long-range sensors. Both fighters are also masked with state-of-the-art stealth coatings. Together they provide a dominant advantage over emerging threats like North Korea.

The next step is to begin to share more of that information with other aircraft and other ground-based facilities for even more effective warfighting capabilities. "We've learned that the F-22 is a big vacuum cleaner for data and it would be valuable to share that data with other aircraft," said Ken Merchant, vice president of Lockheed Martin's F-22 Program. In order to augment the F-22 capabilities even further, a new datalink system will be installed to allow better communications with older generations of aircraft.

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