The US Department of Defense (DoD) has partnered with Red Hat to help the US Navy (USN), US Marine Corps (USMC), and the US Air Force (USAF) to improve squadron operations and flight training.

Red Hat and DoD worked together to help improve aircraft and pilot scheduling for the aircrews of the three military branches.

The project team worked with Red Hat Open Innovation Labs to identify problems and to build a digital ‘puckboard’ application to address the scheduling challenge.

The team brought together members from the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), USN, USMC and USAF to partner with Red Hat experts to develop a ‘strategic approach’ in order to build a new flight scheduling system.

The objective was to address the problem of how to ‘improve and digitise the management of flight training operations’.

The DoD wanted to simplify the process, which is manual and involves several variables containing the information pertaining to each pilot.

Red Hat Open Innovation Labs global senior director Michael Walker said: “Application development for mission-critical processes, like US Armed Forces flight scheduling, needs to start at a fundamental level by understanding and addressing the real problem.

“The USMC, USN and USAF, along with the DIU, knew the reality of the challenge facing them and, with the help of Red Hat Open Innovation Labs, now have not only the technological skills but also the development and organisational processes in place to build a solution that can scale across organisations and teams.”

Engagement of the cross-functional team with Red Hat Open Innovation Labs resulted in the replacement of the traditional waterfall approach with Agile, DevOps, and lean product development practices.

The project team is developing the puckboard application to digitise the manual flight scheduling process.

The military services also intend to incorporate machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities into the solution.