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Arthur Goshtasby (Committee Member), Kevin Priddy (Committee Member), Michael Raymer (Committee Member), Mateen Rizki (Advisor)

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Master of Science (MS)


The Department of Defense (DoD) has a need for long-term development efforts in conjunction with short-term development efforts. Ideally, Quick Reaction Capabilities (QRC) would be able to make use of the same processes that are used for Acquisition Programs (AP) with a few modifications to accommodate the accelerated schedule. Unfortunately, APs have a more fundamental problem with both the development process and the development framework. In August of 2007, the agile development process and modular, open source framework discussed in this thesis were two key factors that enabled the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to successfully deploy AngelFire in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). AngelFire was a QRC and the first Wide Field of View (WFOV) sensor to collect Wide Area Motion Imagery (WAMI) that was not only saved onboard for forensic analysis, but was also disseminated to the users on the ground in near real time. Until APs can adapt and respond more quickly to the demands of irregular warfare, the two fundamental building blocks discussed in this thesis are what will enable QRCs to continue providing the 75% solutions that are needed today.

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Department of Computer Science

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