The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is sponsoring BAE Systems to develop software that the company says will aid military planners in understanding and addressing the complex dynamics that drive conflicts around the world.

Under a $4.2 million Phase 1 of the modeling contract awarded by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the program seeks to develop technology to model different political, territorial, and economic tensions that often lead to conflicts; BAE said in a statement.

“Military planners often conduct manual research and use limited modeling tools to generate models and evaluate conflict situations, which are extremely time consuming and labor intensive,” said Chris Eisenbies, product line director of the Autonomy, Controls, and Estimation group at BAE Systems.

Work for this program is being performed at the company’s facilities in Burlington, Massachusetts, and Arlington, Virginia.

The program also includes Dr. David Danks of Carnegie Mellon University.

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