Defeating Emplaced Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) Using Fusion Algorithms

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-09-C-0131
Agency Tracking Number: F081-024-0657
Amount: $745,906.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF081-024
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
Technology Service Corporation
1900 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA, 90025
DUNS: 053885604
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Allan Corbeil
 Corp. Senior Staff
 (203) 268-1249
 acorbeil@tsc.com
Business Contact
 Robert Graziano
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (203) 268-1249
Email: rgraziano@tsc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
IEDs are primary insurgent weapons that have caused almost half the U.S. casualties in Iraq. Our response has included persistent surveillance and electronic warfare to defeat Radio-Controlled IEDs. The CREW Duke system developed by SRC has been a phenomenal success in jamming RC-IEDs and has saved countless lives. RF signal characteristics and vehicle positions are recorded for post-mission analysis in logs that provide a sampling of the RF environment and history of U.S. convoy movements. Long-term GMTI radar detections of moving targets are also being recorded to support manual forensic analysis. In Phase II, TSC and SRC propose to develop and demonstrate algorithms to fuse data from GMTI radar and CREW Duke logs to predict IED attacks so that convoys can be warned to avoid high risk areas or change their operating procedures. In Phase I, TSC tested our existing anomalous movement detection algorithms using measured radar data, and SRC applied a Depedency Analysis technique to collected CREW Duke logs. In Phase II, our team will identify the best combination of information on target movement, RF environment and geospatial factors to predict IED attacks.  We will develop and demonstrate a fusion algorithm to reliably predict attacks, and recommend radar and CREW improvements to enhance performance.   BENEFIT: This technology can alert U.S. military convoys to potential IED attacks in time to choose alternate routes or change operating procedures. Our team plans to build a fully automated system that retrieves CREW Duke mission logs and sends these to a central processor for fusion with GMTI radar data and intelligence reports, and then provide alerts to ground commanders. The technology can also be applied to combine radar, electronic intercept, and other sensor data to enhance border security and improve criminal surveillance.

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