DARPA Insight program targets next-generation ISR capabilities

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is looking for ways to integrate “stove-piped” source information into a unified picture of the battlefield under its Insight program.

DARPA said Sept. 6 that the Insight initiative seeks to “take defense intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to the next level.”

“We’re addressing the tyranny of stovepipes,” said Ben Cutler, DARPA program manager for the Insight program, referring to disparate ISR systems. “Intelligence analysts currently use different systems for nearly every different data feed, and intelligence derived from these systems is not always readily understandable and accessible.

“Insight,” he continued, “aims to create an adaptable, integrated system that augments human analysts’ capabilities to collect information from all available sources, learn from it, and share important insights with the people who need it most—all in real time.”

DARPA said it wants to develop human-machine Exploitation and Resource Management System to provide next-generation ISR capabilities. Automated behavioral learning and prediction algorithms will help analysts discover and identify potential threats as well as make and confirm hypothesis about potential threats.

The project’s goal is a comprehensive operating picture to improve support of time-sensitive battlefield operations.

“Defense intelligence must be able to provide timely and actionable intelligence across the entire threat spectrum,” added U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

DARPA said Insight will enable analysts to collaborate via a user interface designed to speed comprehension of complex information using data visualization techniques.

DARPA awarded BAE Systems the prime contract for Phase 2 of the Insight program in early 2013.

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