Using data analytics for data-driven decision-making in a civil-military air navigation context

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‘Big data’ analytics are crucial to effective military as well as civilian decision-making in the field of civil-military navigation, and central to improving military mission effectiveness, argues a new paper produced by EUROCONTROL’s Civil-Military Coordination Division.

Harnessing EUROCONTROL’s unique civil-military expertise, the paper highlights the growing importance of using data-driven analytics based on flight plan information and the use of a common, interoperable civil-military navigation infrastructure. Our analysis shows that military aircraft are regularly flying under GAT (General Air Traffic) rules, including in areas adjacent to conflict zones, as well as operating in and out of a significant number of civil airports – factors which highlight the growing importance of following closely the ongoing civilian transformation of ground and airborne navigation systems as part of the Single European Sky modernisation and restructuring of European air traffic management, in order to ensure continued interoperability.

The paper argues that using big data analytics effectively will:

  • help military decision-makers accurately quantify the costs and benefits of equipping military aircraft with interoperable systems
  • enable military mission planning and operations strategies to be based around increasingly accurate data-driven predictions
  • reduce military operational costs by harnessing the power of predictive analysis
  • guide military procurement decisions regarding space and ground-based infrastructure planning and rationalisation.

Military decision-makers are invited to consider the potential of data-driven analytics for their organisations and factor this in accordingly to their operational strategies.


Using data analytics for data-driven decision-making in a civil-military air navigation context