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Extended Look-Ahead Sensor Management for Missile Defense with a Bayes Net Battle Model

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-02-C-0026
Agency Tracking Number: 02-0536
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2002
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
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Burlington, MA 01803
United States
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Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jason Sroka
 Lead Engineer
 (781) 273-3388
Business Contact
 Andrew Mullin
Title: Gen. Cnsl. & Dir. of Cont
Phone: (781) 273-3388
Research Institution

"Effective missile defense relies on an array of sensors performing diverse collection tasks to successfully engage a missile attack. Sensors cannot cover the entire battle volume continuously, and Sensor Management is needed to allocate sensors to tasksproviding the greatest mission utility. Prior research has shown two ways to achieve effective Sensor Management: (1) integrate sensor allocation with weapon-target pairing and (2) use extended look-ahead horizons to make optimal use of defense-in-depthtactics. Tight integration of sensor and weapon tasking yields superior task plans, but has computational requirements that grow exponentially with the length of the look-ahead horizon, and is impractical for real-time execution.Our innovation for Sensor Management is to use extended look-ahead horizons, and partially de-couple the sensor and weapon tasking problems. Partially de-coupling the sensor and weapon task planning into separate, coordinating sub-problems reducescomputational requirements by several orders of magnitude while preserving much of the mission effectiveness of tight integration. Partially de-coupling the problems makes it possible to use extended look-ahead horizons, and thereby capture the benefitsof defense-in-depth tactics. Sensor Management is an essential activity in complex military and commercial systems, and is most effective when sensor tasking is aligned with the mission needs for information. Our innovat

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