Air Force researchers consider information fusion technology

ROME, N.Y., 17 Feb. 2006. Scientists at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Information Directorate in Rome, N.Y., are looking to Black River Systems Co. Inc. in Utica, N.Y., to perform research into information fusion technology.

ROME, N.Y., 17 Feb. 2006. Scientists at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Information Directorate in Rome, N.Y., are looking to Black River Systems Co. Inc. in Utica, N.Y., to perform research into information fusion technology.

AFRL awarded a $4.9 million contract to Black River Feb. 17 for a 3-year project called "Fusion Analysis, Simulation and Testing (FAST)," has partial funding from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of Arlington, Va.

"The focus of the effort is to facilitate a broad area of command and control, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (C2 ISR), and multi-intelligence fusion technology developments," says Stephen A. Scott, program manager in the directorate's Information and Intelligence Exploitation Division.

"This effort will include analysis, simulation, testing and demonstrations of fusion technology in the C2 ISR area, with an emphasis on integrating multiple intelligence sources and multiple ISR sensors," Scott says. "Much of the research will utilize the AFRL Fusion Testbed and include the expansion of its multi-intelligence capabilities to support on-site, operator-in-the-loop testing. It will also support distributed and fielded exercises to aid in the development of PANACIA and related programs.


PANACIA stands for predictive awareness & network-centric analysis for collaborative intelligence assessment -- an advanced decision support system envisioned to provide a network-centric system for integrated and fused information to provide real-time, dynamic, tactical order-of-battle to the warfighter.

For more information contact Black River Systems online at www.brsc.com.

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