Navy lab seeks wide-area surveillance system

New program would give coverage history, data and context for large swaths of territory

The Office of Naval Research is seeking an autonomous persistent tactical surveillance system that will be able to link intelligence data collected from reconnaissance and surveillance systems such as drones into the command-and-control systems used by small tactical units when they communicate with their respective headquarters, reports Spencer Ackerman at Wired’s Danger Room blog.

The challenging goal of a new solicitation from the research arm is to is to build a system that is capable of “measuring the value of information across an areas as a function of time given knowledge of current and future missions and to measure the amount of known relevant information spatially organized as a function of time.”

The program would expand the Navy’s intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance aerial view of large swaths of sea as large as 40 nautical miles by 40 nautical miles, the blog said.

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