Mission Planning

Daniel H. Wagner Associates has a long history of developing effective mission planning systems. From early work in antisubmarine warfare (ASW), to one of the first computer-assisted search and rescue (SAR) tools, to recent development of components for the ASW mission planner onboard the MH-60R helicopter, Wagner Associates effectively combines sophisticated algorithms with easy-to-use human interfaces to support mission planners. This page contains some of our notable achievements in Mission Planning.

Mission Optimization Web Service for Undersea Warfare Decision Support System (USW-DSS)

Transitioned to USW-DSS Build 2; originally installed at CTF-34 in Pearl Harbor as part of Theater Undersea Warfare Initiative (TUSWI).  Uses detailed non-homogeneous environmental data generated by the Navy standard STAPLE system, non-Gaussian tracking algorithms, and non-Gaussian resource optimization

Multi-Vehicle Mission Planner (MVMP)

MVMP optimally allocates Unmanned Vehicle (UV) assets in a typical Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mission scenario.  The demonstration MVMP optimally allocates Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) such as the Remote Environmental Monitoring Unit System (REMUS) or the Battlespace Preparation Autonomous Underwater

Operational Route Planner (ORP)

The Operational Route Planner (ORP) is a state-of-the-art anti-submarine warfare (ASW) search-planning tool used to produce rigorous, near-optimal search paths for multiple searchers employing passive and monostatic active sensors, and aircraft equipped with magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) systems. 

Tactical Environmental Effects for Precision Guided Missiles (METPLAN)

During a Phase II Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) project for the Navy, we developed a prototype agent-based system called METPLAN. The system is designed to increase the effectiveness of PGMs by automatically integrating environmental data and weapon-specific and mission-specific environmental

Commander’s Estimate of the Situation/Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Tactical Decision Aid (CES/ISR TDA)

Wagner was awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) effort with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a subcontractor to develop a full-scale Mine Warfare (MIW) CES/ISR TDA for eventual transition into the Mine Warfare and Environmental Decision Aids Library

Acoustic Mission Planner (AMP) for the MH-60R

Under a multi-million dollar contract from Lockheed Martin Systems Integration-Owego, Wagner developed an Acoustic Mission Planner (AMP) for the Navy’s MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopter.  The algorithms used in AMP were originally developed for the MH-60R Decision Support System Testbed

Surface Warfare Tactical Decision Aid (SUWTDA/ASUWTDA)

The Surface Warfare Tactical Decision Aid (SUWTDA) is a tactical decision aid for planning non-acoustic searches against surface ships and submarines. The initial build of this system, known as ASUWTDA, was integrated as a segment of the Global Command and Control System-Maritime (GCCS-M), and deployed


During the early 1980s, Wagner Associates supported Navy Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW). While stationed in Italy, Dr. W. Reynolds Monach used MEDSEARCH to effectively support the search for Russian submarines in the Mediterranean (think “Hunt for Red October”).

Computer Assisted Search Planner (CASP) – First of its Kind

In developing CASP (1972), Wagner Associates established itself as the premier search planning firm, successfully supporting the US Coast Guard’s search and rescue (SAR) efforts.

Early Search Planning Successes

During its long history, Wagner Associates has taken part in many high-profile search and rescue (SAR) operations.