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From information needs to information gathering: a system optimization perspective to ISR synchronization
Author(s): Héctor J. Ortiz-Peña; Rakesh Nagi; Moises Sudit; Michael D. Moskal; Michael Dawson; James Fink; Timothy Hanratty; Eric Heilman; Daniel Tuttle
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Paper Abstract

There has been significant progress recognizing the value of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) activities supporting Situational Awareness and Command and Control functions during the past several decades. We consider ISR operations to be proactive (discovering activities or areas of interest), active (activities performed for a particular task that flows down from a hierarchical process) or reactive (critical information gathering due to unexpected events). ISR synchronization includes the analysis and prioritization of information requirements, identification of intelligence gaps and the recommendation of available resources to gather information of interest, for all types of ISR operations. It has become critically important to perform synchronized ISR activities to maximize the efficient utilization of limited resources (both in quantity and capabilities) and, simultaneously, to increase the accuracy and timeliness of the information gain. A study evaluating the existing technologies and processes supporting ISR activities is performed suggesting a rigorous system optimization approach to the ISR synchronization process. Unfortunately, this approach is not used today. The study identifies existing gaps between the current ISR synchronization process and the proposed system optimization approach in the areas of communication and collaboration tools and advanced decision aids (analytics). Solutions are recommended that will help close this gap.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 May 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8389, Ground/Air Multisensor Interoperability, Integration, and Networking for Persistent ISR III, 838912 (24 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.919406
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Héctor J. Ortiz-Peña, CUBRC (United States)
Rakesh Nagi, Univ. at Buffalo (United States)
Moises Sudit, CUBRC (United States)
Michael D. Moskal, CUBRC (United States)
Michael Dawson, U.S. Army Intelligence Ctr. of Excellence (United States)
James Fink, U.S. Army Intelligence Ctr. of Excellence (United States)
Timothy Hanratty, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Eric Heilman, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Daniel Tuttle, U.S. Army Intelligence Ctr. of Excellence (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8389:
Ground/Air Multisensor Interoperability, Integration, and Networking for Persistent ISR III
Tien Pham, Editor(s)

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