DARPA seeks to better integrate ISR data

Sept. 6, 2013 at 4:40 PM
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. military aims to advance its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information to a new level of integration through a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency effort called Insight.

The project is intended to develop a system that takes "stovepiped" information from differing systems and technologies and then integrates the information into a unified picture of the battlefield.

"Military operations depend upon the unimpeded flow of accurate and relevant information to support timely decisions related to battle planning and execution," DARPA said. "To address these needs, numerous intelligence systems and technologies have been developed over the past 20 years, but each of these typically provides only a partial picture of the battlefield, and integrating the information has proven to be burdensome and inefficient.

"Insight seeks to enable analysts to make sense of the huge volumes of intelligence-rich information available to them from existing sensors and data sources. Automated behavioral learning and prediction algorithms would help analysts discover and identify potential threats, as well as make and confirm hypotheses about those threats' potential behavior.

"The goal is a comprehensive operating picture in which expedient delivery of fused actionable intelligence would improve support of time-sensitive operations on the battlefield."

Ben Cutler, DARPA's manager of the program, said Insight would enable analysts to collaborate better and more rapidly via an intuitive user interface that speeds comprehension of complex information through state-of-the-art data visualization techniques. Advanced automation and data fusion technologies would handle low-level analytical tasks and correlate incoming live data streams.

DARPA said it recently gave BAE Systems a prime contract for Phase 2 of the Insight program.

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