As the complexities of defense technologies continue to grow, the need to integrate multiple platforms and information feeds has become increasingly important.

The new shift is called “systems of systems” and involves the integration of everything from manned and unmanned aircraft data to being able to support the growth of smart cities. This will ultimately allow for the data to exist on open architectures for more effectively optimizing operations.

With today’s technologies, achieving this IT goal is much easier said than done, according to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

As such, DARPA is looking to push new advances in areas of applied mathematics, operations research, search and rescue platforms, resilient urban infrastructure and modeling for the mapping of “systems of systems,” according to this recent FCW article.

The agency recently announced the launch of the Complex Adaptive System Composition and Design Environment (CASCADE) program, which aims “to advance and exploit novel mathematical techniques able to provide a deeper understanding of system component interactions and a unified view of system behaviors.”

“CASCADE aims to fundamentally change how we design systems for real-time resilient response within dynamic, unexpected environments,” said John Paschkewitz, DARPA Program Manager. “Existing modeling and design tools invoke static ‘playbook’ concepts that don’t adequately represent the complexity of, say, an airborne system of systems with its constantly changing variables, such as enemy jamming, bad weather, or loss of one or more aircraft.”

For taking the steps to tackle the complexities of today’s defense systems, we are naming DARPA as this week’s “GovTransformer.” Stay tuned for our ongoing coverage of other federal executives and their agencies that are truly transforming how they support mission goals through the most effective use of IT.