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BAE tackles DARPA intel project

Jan. 17, 2014 - 04:10PM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
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BAE has put together a team to develop Phase II of DARPA's Insight intelligence analysis project.

BAE won the $79 million contract last year. The company will be the prime contractor on a team consisting of Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories, SAIC, Charles River Analytics, Intific, Aptima, HF Designworks and PatchPlus Consulting, according to a BAE statement.

The Insight program aims to develop a system that will automatically fuse multi-source data from numerous sensors, and then employ algorithms to detect and predict the behavior of potential threats. During Phase I, BAE developed what it describes as "an automatic/semi-automatic system for exploitation and resource management, as well as sensor models for testing the Insight system under a wider variety of operational conditions." The focus of the first phase was on supporting brigades and battalions engaged in irregular warfare. Phase II will add integration of space, air, sea, and ground sensors, as well as human intelligence and intelligence repositories.

BAE Systems has invested in developing a portfolio of sensor data processing and exploitation systems to provide analysts with usable intelligence and intuitive, easy-to-use sensor controls, said David Logan, vice president of Technology Solutions at BAE. We are able to capitalize on the core technologies weve developed for other intelligence programs, including multi-sensor fusion, reasoning algorithms, and automatic resource tasking, while advancing our expertise in this area.

Charles River Analytics also released a statement on its win of a $1.25 million follow-on contract for Insight. The company noted that Insight will support several types of missions, such as as mobile missile hunts, counterinsurgency, wide-area security, and integrated air defense. "The Insight initiative has given us an excellent opportunity to blend our sound human factors design principles with highly complex computational systems, said Dr. Jonathan Pfautz, vice president for cognitive systems.

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