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                                       Military Sensing Information Analysis Center (SENSIAC)
                                       Develops New Training Program to Teach DoD and Contractor
                                       Personnel How to Model Target Acquisition Systems
                                       The warfighter was the beneficiary as SENSIAC developed and presented its new training program
                                       entitled Modeling Target Acquisition with Electro-Optical Imagers. The program was presented for the
                                       first time in Georgia Tech’s new Global Learning and Conference Center’s PC laboratory so students
                                       could have hands-on experience running the specialized software developed for target acquisition
                                       performance prediction.

                                       The program benefited the warfighter in at least two major ways. First, it showed procurement
                                       decision makers what the key issues are in capturing the important performance drivers that
                                       characterize second-generation sensors. Secondly, it provided their Department of Defense (DoD)
                                       contractors and government analysts with working knowledge of a new model developed by the Army
                                       to optimize sensor design features. In addition, this program benefited homeland security by showing
                                       attending Coast Guard analysts how to use a new tool to select sensors for search aircraft protecting
                                       US boarders from terrorist penetration and drug smuggling.

                                       Attendance totaled 26 practicing scientists and engineers, including active duty military, civil service
                                       men and women, and contractors working on sensor procurement projects for all three service
                                       branches. Service representatives from the Communications and Electronics Command (CECOM),
                                       Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM),
                                       CCM, and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) attended. Representatives from Boeing, Northrop
                                       Grumman, SAIC, Raytheon, DRS Technologies, and other contractors were also present.

                                       The goal of this short course was to disseminate within DoD, DHS, and their contractors new
                                       modeling tools that are now restricted from public access. This would benefit the US warfighter
                                       without aiding potential enemy or neutral countries with tools that have been developed with great
                                       effort and expense and which give the warfighter a combat advantage. Prior training had been
                                       conducted in open forums that allowed foreign nationals access.

                                       The curriculum was focused on key sensor modeling issues that affect newly disseminated second
                                       generation sensors, such as the effects of sampling, digital filtering, and new performance metrics on
                                       sensor range performance. Attendees were presented with examples of how previous models lead to
                                       incorrect conclusions and suboptimal designs. Next they were introduced to recently developed fixes,
                                       and shown how the new algorithms compared to measured data.

                                       One of the major new improvements of the new model is the introduction of a new merit function
                                       that, in addition to predicting infrared sensor performance, also predicts TV, direct view optics, night
                                       vision goggles, and active laser imager performance. These new capabilities were taught by a key
                                       member of the Army’s model development team.



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                                       Military Sensing Information Analysis Center (SENSIAC)
                                       Conducts the National Military Sensing Symposium
                                       From November 14-18, 2005, SENSIAC conducted the National Military Sensing Symposia in
                                       Orlando, Florida. The meeting provided the military sensing community with a detailed understanding
                                       of the issues facing developers of military sensing technology applied to both expeditionary and
                                       homeland security military applications.

                                       The meeting focused on the following subject areas:

                                               Asymmetric Warfare
                                               Space and Missile Defense
                                               Persistent Surveillance
                                               The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Threat
                                               Enabling Sensor Technologies
                                               Homeland Security
                                               Lessons Learned from Ongoing Operations
                                               Survivability

                                       Keynote speakers discussed the ongoing transformation of the nature of warfare and the operational
                                       changes needed to prevail in these transformed conflicts. The audience, consisting dominantly of
                                       developers of sensing technologies from both government and industry, gained much-needed insight
                                       into the significant difference between warfare as viewed just ten years ago and the nature of conflict
                                       today and in the near future. The paradigm shifts ongoing in conflict and resulting sensor demands
                                       are rapidly revolutionizing basic system concepts so that designers can no longer use the design
                                       rules of the past but must adapt to altogether new system requirements — in many cases in direct
                                       conflict with the design drivers valid up to now.

                                       Several presentations on the Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) program, associated challenges,
                                       and corresponding technical opportunities emphasized the degree to which homeland security is
                                       affecting sensor system development. The requirements for this far-reaching program demand
                                       knowledge management, information processing, sensor and data fusion, and broad-based
                                       communication that is a quantum level above anything developed in the past. The presentations
                                       highlighted the degree to which fusion of sensors and data will be the most important enabling
                                       technology for MDA and will pace the degree to which this program can succeed.

                                       Specific sessions focused on the IED and RPG (rocket propelled grenade) threats consistent with the
                                       high priorities that countering them have in the ongoing asymmetric wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
                                       Speakers described both enemy tactics regarding these threats and how these tactics have evolved
                                       in response to our countering actions. New concepts for countering these threats were presented,
                                       and the performance of systems fielded to counter the threats was described. The audience gained a
                                       good understanding of the great difficulty in dealing with IEDs and RPGs as well as the difficulty of
                                       countering asymmetrical threats as a class.

                                       The Survivability session focused on both advanced battlefield systems and terrorism threats such as
                                       MANPADS ( Man Portable Air Defense System ). Several efforts to counter MANPADS were
                                       described. New concepts for enhancing survivability on the traditional battlefield using heretofore
                                       untried technologies were presented, exposing the audience to new alternatives in platform
                                       survivability systems.

                                       This meeting was a revolutionary one for the military sensing community in that it emphasized the


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                                       need to accommodate major paradigm shifts in sensor requirements resulting from the war on terror
                                       and asymmetric warfare. This meeting saw a major shift from strictly Department of Defense
                                       requirements to requirements driven — in significant measure — by other government agencies and
                                       the programs of the Department of Homeland Security.

                                       Please visit our Web site at http://www.sensiac.gatech.edu or send us an E-mail at
                                       mss@gtri.gatech.edu

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