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The layered sensing operations center: a modeling and simulation approach to developing complex ISR networks
Author(s): Christopher Curtis; Matthew Lenzo; Matthew McClure; Bruce Preiss
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Paper Abstract

In order to anticipate the constantly changing landscape of global warfare, the United States Air Force must acquire new capabilities in the field of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR). To meet this challenge, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is developing a unifying construct of "Layered Sensing" which will provide military decision-makers at all levels with the timely, actionable, and trusted information necessary for complete battlespace awareness. Layered Sensing is characterized by the appropriate combination of sensors and platforms (including those for persistent sensing), infrastructure, and exploitation capabilities to enable this synergistic awareness. To achieve the Layered Sensing vision, AFRL is pursuing a Modeling & Simulation (M&S) strategy through the Layered Sensing Operations Center (LSOC). An experimental ISR system-of-systems test-bed, the LSOC integrates DoD standard simulation tools with commercial, off-the-shelf video game technology for rapid scenario development and visualization. These tools will help facilitate sensor management performance characterization, system development, and operator behavioral analysis. Flexible and cost-effective, the LSOC will implement a non-proprietary, open-architecture framework with well-defined interfaces. This framework will incentivize the transition of current ISR performance models to service-oriented software design for maximum re-use and consistency. This paper will present the LSOC's development and implementation thus far as well as a summary of lessons learned and future plans for the LSOC.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 May 2010
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7694, Ground/Air Multi-Sensor Interoperability, Integration, and Networking for Persistent ISR, 769415 (7 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.849544
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher Curtis, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Matthew Lenzo, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Matthew McClure, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Bruce Preiss, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7694:
Ground/Air Multi-Sensor Interoperability, Integration, and Networking for Persistent ISR
Michael A. Kolodny, Editor(s)

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