EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Members of the 350th Spectrum Warfare Wing and partners across the Department of Defense, industry, and government successfully demonstrated System-of-Systems Technology Integration Tool Chain for Heterogeneous Electronic Systems, known as STITCHES, and Missionware last month during a flight verification test at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.
Termed Project 212, STITCHES and Missionware connect, protect, and enable the warfighter and help maintain technological edge against near-peer threats.
“The combination of software effects applications and tailored mission data is designed to revolutionize EW operations for the Air Force,” said Jason Temple, 16th Air Force’s Project 212 lead. “These applications allow the force to be more agile, flexible and adaptable.”
Project 212’s flight verification test confirmed the Air Force’s ability to generate new effects with STITCHES and Missionware.
“STITCHES connects the force in a crucial way while saving the Air Force time and money,” said Col. William Young, the first commander of the 350 SWW. “We can rapidly disseminate information to warfighters regardless of location.”
During the demonstration, the team used STITCHES to provide operational users access to applications. Project 212 then distributed Missionware files from a cloud-based web application.
The ability to stitch applications proves the viability of moving applications across architectures to support rapidly reconfigurable applications.
“STITCHES is an effect chain creator,” said Dr. Jimmy Jones, STITCHES Warfighter Application team lead. “We were able to create a new EW capability using existing systems without needing to change the original standards of each system’s original design.”
Project 212 started during the Fall of 2021 as a partnership between the 350 SWW, other DOD organizations and industry.
Using software-defined components to respond to an ever-changing environment with STITCHES and Missionware enable the Air Force’s existing EMS reprogramming enterprise to execute and meet the objectives specified in the 2018 National Defense Strategy.
“The energy and drive from our dedicated agile team was critical to the success of Project 212 and meeting the objectives of the 2018 NDS,” said Maj. Duc Bui, STITCHES program manager. “This demonstration of STITCHES and Missionware is a huge step forward in building the Air Force we need today and tomorrow.”