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Automated Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination


OBJECTIVE: The objective of this topic is to develop innovative software that executes on aircraft near real time level 1 processing, exploitation, and dissemination (PED) of full motion video, signals intelligence (SIGINT)/electronic warfare (EW), synthetic aperture radar, and other sensors and disseminates these products over tactical data links with the end state of reduced PED personnel. 

DESCRIPTION: The SOCOM Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (AISR) Enterprise cannot continue to progress in advanced sensor development and proliferation with the current/increasing costs of PED personnel and infrastructure supporting level 1 PED requirements. This level 1 PED activity should be automated to the extent possible to reduce total PED costs and expedite PED products requested by tactical users directly from the airborne platform. To date, support for this effort has been limited to study and development of adding sensor agnostic processing capacity to the Gray Eagle aircraft through the Platoon Network Capability (PNC) / AbMN efforts. Development of the software architecture for this specific purpose is also being studied through the SOCOM Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities (TENCAP) / Program Manager - Rapid Capability Insertion (RCI) Community On-Line Intelligence System (COINS) program. Adding automated level 1 PED software is the next logical step in the developmental roadmap for the PNC/AbMN capabilities. This capability development supports the Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) efforts for increased Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance automation through their Algorithmic Warfare initiative and supports the SOFWERX “Thunderdrone” efforts. 

PHASE I: Conduct a feasibility study to assess what is in the art of the possible that satisfies the requirements specified in the above paragraph entitled “Description.” As a part of this feasibility study, the proposers shall address all viable overall system design options with respective specifications on software modularity, hardware requirements for computational power and capacity, system/sensor agnosticism, compiling and dissemination of information products requested by the user community, and bandwidth requirements for the dissemination of the products. Innovative research and development efforts should include the blockchain databasing of tactical information across airborne platforms so that all systems and sensors are not duplicating product development, and that the data bases automatically query all platforms for data prior to the software creating a product. Additionally, this capability should explore cloud and hybrid cloud techniques of maintaining a repository that tactical users are able to access to pull products as required. This shall limit the amount of raw sensor data passing across the ISR data architecture and reduce duplications of effort and save bandwidth across the SOCOM Information Enterprise. The objective of this SOCOM Phase I SBIR effort is to conduct and document the results of a thorough feasibility study to investigate what is in the art of the possible within the given trade space that will satisfy a needed technology. The feasibility study should investigate all known options that meet or exceed the minimum performance parameters specified in this write up. It should also address the risks and potential payoffs of the innovative technology options that are investigated and recommend the option that best achieves the objective of this technology pursuit. The funds obligated on the resulting Phase I SBIR contracts are to be used for the sole purpose of conducting a thorough feasibility study using scientific experiments and laboratory studies as necessary. Operational prototypes will not be developed with SOCOM SBIR funds during Phase I feasibility studies. Operational prototypes developed with other than SBIR funds that are provided at the end of Phase I feasibility studies will not be considered in deciding what firm(s) will be selected for Phase II. 

PHASE II: Develop, install, and demonstrate a prototype system determined to be the most feasible solution during the Phase I feasibility study on a MQ-1C/ER aircraft using Government owned/provided equipment. 

PHASE III: This system could be used in a broad range of military applications to include all current and future AISR operations within the SOCOM AISR Enterprise, and can transition to all other services once proven. Additionally, this capability can transition to all other space, ground, and maritime sensor platforms. 



KEYWORDS: Automation, Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, And Reconnaissance (ISR), Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), Processing, Exploitation, And Dissemination (PED), Software, Gray Eagle 

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