A Knowledge-Based Indications and Warning Toolkit for Mixed-Initiative Information Warfare Analysis

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00039-02-C-2221
Agency Tracking Number: N011-0440
Amount: $733,517.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
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DUNS: 094841665
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Nikolaos Denis
 Principal Investigator
 (781) 273-3388
 ndenis@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
"Shipboard intelligence centers deployed in littoral regions arethe "front line" for naval intelligence gathering. Onboardcryptanalysts need to monitor multiple information sources fortrends and deviations from expected norms, detect and properlyinterpret the unusual, and generate Indications and Warning(I&W). Anticipated reductions in shipboard manning and increasesin the quantity of available sensor data will further exacerbateworkload for intelligence personnel. New information fusiontechnology is required to help intelligence analysts meet thesechallenges.In Phase I, we constructed an ontology of the I&W generationdomain, developed pattern scripting tools to capture patterns ofpotential interest, and designed a data-driven inference engineto identify enemy activities from large volumes of sensor data.In Phase II, we will implement a robust prototype system thatfacilitates the timely generation of I&Ws. The pattern scriptingtools will be extended to represent uncertainty using qualitativeprobabilities, and the inference engine will be extended toexploit this representation. Finally, tools will be developed todisplay the pattern detections in an analyst-friendly way andprovide timely alerts. The utility of the Phase II prototypewill be evaluated using realistic scenarios and simulated sensordata.BENEFITS: The technology developed under this program will immediately benefit cryptanalysts at naval intelligence centers, but also

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