Researchers Stimulate State of the Art Persistent Surveillance

Researchers Stimulate State of the Art Persistent Surveillance image
January 5, 2016 | Source: George I. Seffers

U.S. Army researchers recently kicked off a concept development effort designed to improve the ability to monitor an area for long periods, enhancing the means to provide soldiers at the tactical edge with the critical situational awareness intelligence needed for rapid-fire decision making. The Army Research Laboratory (ARL), a part of the Research, Development and Engineering Command, has awarded contracts to seven companies for the Persistent Surveillance-Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (PS-ISR) concept demonstration. The companies are Applied Research Associates Inc.; Booz Allen Hamilton; CALNET; EOIR; Imperatis; Integration Innovation Inc.; and Leidos. Those contractors will compete for individual task orders as ARL officials define specific capability gaps. PS-ISR is designed to meet future asymmetric, counterterrorism and counterinsurgency warfare needs. The effort aims to identify and develop technical abilities over the long term—five or 10 years from now. “We’re not looking at systems per se. We’re looking at better tools, and maybe it’s multiple tools to do the same thing. We want to get a feel for the state of the art and where we need to push the state of the art to the next leap of technology,” says Andrew Ladas, who manages the PS-ISR endeavor for the ARL. “Our goal is to provide the users with a set of tools to help them perform the mission in a more efficient and timely manner.”