Optimizing the Army’s Aerial Reconnaissance and Surveillance Asset Mix via the Joint Platform Allocation Tool (JPAT)
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In an effort to preserve the Army’s unmatched capabilities in aerial reconnaissance and surveillance (R&S), the Integrated Capabilities Development Team (ICDT) administered a large-scale study during fiscal years 2012 and 2013 to determine in which R&S platforms and sensors the Army should invest. This report describes the Joint Platform Allocation Tool (JPAT), a mixed integer linear program developed as part of this effort. JPAT determines an optimal R&S investment portfolio by evaluating cost, performance, and production timelines of existing and planned assets, as well as these assets’ ability to perform against a 12-year prioritized mission demand signal. JPAT has informed critical resourcing decisions concerning the Army’s long-term investment strategy.