Dynamic Operational Retasking of ISR Sensors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F33615-02-C-1155
Agency Tracking Number: 011SN-0741
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
50 Mall Road, Burlington, MA, 01803
DUNS: 094841665
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Newman
 Senior Analyst
 (703) 284-8411
 newman@dc.alphatech.com
Business Contact
 Andrew Mullin
Title: Gen.Counsel & Director of
Phone: (781) 273-3388
Email: andy.mullin@alphatech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"It is widely recognized that improved real-time dynamic retasking of airborne Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance sensors is needed to enable rapid information gathering in support of tactical battlefield operations. Proposed Air Force modernizationplans feature a distributed C2 architecture composed of a confederation of airborne assets including: combat aircraft, multi-sensor command and control aircraft (MC2A), unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned combat aerial vehicles, overhead systems, and groundsensors integrated via radio frequency and laser datalinks. The tempo of modern battlespace operations demand improved capability for production and dissemination of tactical intelligence. This effort will develop planning and resource management toolsthat enable improved tactical intelligence processing through agile retasking control of a distributed confederation of ISR sensors. The tools will enable an improved, distributed operations control capability that will enable responsive cross cueing andexploitation of multi-INT sources through coordinated ISR sensor collection management. Core contributions in optimization-based algorithms for resource allocation and sensor collection scheduling will be extended to enable a rapid retasking capabilityconsistent with information requests typical of tactical ISR battlefield operations. A prototype retasking system featuring an operational console will be developed and interfaced to a

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