BY JOHN KELLER
ARLINGTON, Va.—Information processing experts at the BAE Systems Electronic Solutions segment in Burlington, Mass., are joining Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) in McLean, Va., to design a next-generation intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) exploitation and resource management system that fills gaps in today’s military intelligence analysis capability.
BAE Systems won a $12.9 million contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., for the Insight intelligence analysis program. SAIC won a $14 million contract for the Insight program, which experts believe may help U.S. intelligence experts detect threat networks, irregular warfare, and terrorist operations by combining intelligence information from imaging sensors, crowd-source and other social network or text-based sensors, and other sources for further analysis. The program seeks to fill gaps in current ISR systems involving an inability to exploit and cross-cue different intelligence sources automatically.
U.S. intelligence-analysis systems link intelligence sources to tactical operations centers manually by chat-based operator interaction, which can limit the ability to deal with fast-moving and rapidly changing threats. The Insight program seeks to rectify this situation by integrating human and machine reasoning into intelligence equipment to blend operator knowledge and reasoning into intelligence-processing computers when dealing quickly with complex data from different sensors.
Experts from BAE Systems Electronic Solutions and SAIC will build model-based behavioral correlation, modeling, prediction, and threat network analysis tools that combine intelligence information across many different sources automatically to improve the efficiencies of multi-intelligence sensors. The companies also will develop a unified data-management and processing environment that integrates new intelligence sensors and software algorithms.