SITIS Archives - Topic Details
Program:  SBIR
Topic Num:  N102-185 (Navy)
Title:  HUMINT-> Multi-INT Fusion Tool (HMFT)
Research & Technical Areas:  Information Systems, Sensors, Battlespace

Acquisition Program:  USN PEO C4I--PMW-120 DCGS-N (Distributed Command Ground System-Navy) ACAT 1
 RESTRICTION ON PERFORMANCE BY FOREIGN NATIONALS: This topic is “ITAR Restricted”. The information and materials provided pursuant to or resulting from this topic are restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), 22 CFR Parts 120-130, which control the export of defense-related material and services, including the export of sensitive technical data. Foreign nationals may perform work under an award resulting from this topic only if they hold the “Permanent Resident Card”, or are designated as “Protected Individuals” as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3). If a proposal for this topic contains participation by a foreign national who is not in one of the above two categories, the proposal may be rejected.
  Objective:  Develop an affordable, easy-to-use web-based tool and framework that can support the fusion of HUMINT with other intelligence sources to support Navy intelligence analysts afloat and ashore.
  Description:  The importance of HUMINT in our current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan in support of counter-insurgency operations has demonstrated a capability gap for USN ISR&T tools, which is the lack of a comprehensive, end-to-end automated analytical tool and architecture to support the fusion of HUMINT to other intelligence sources (specifically: national/tactical/technical collection system ISR data) to help Navy intelligence analysts afloat/ashore to maximize utility of HUMINT and other intelligence data to support targeting. Note: One of the capability gaps discovered in the DCGS-N Inc 2 effort is the need for more robust HUMINT tools that support multi-INT fusion and targeting. In fact, in the DCGS-N Inc 1 Exploitation Suite, there isn’t a dedicated “HUMINT” fusion tool. The Navy seeks an innovative and creative approach in providing a HUMINT-> Multi-INIT Fusion Tool and Architecture that can be rapidly transition to operational platforms and Programs of Record (POR) in days. Transition of the proposed approach requires software to be based on a loosely-coupled Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) compatible with modern real time web applications. The proposed solution must be able to function effectively with all forms of HUMINT and ISR data and must support fusion beyond just overlaying HUMINT reports on a geospatial referenced map with other ISR data.

  PHASE I: Identify, Develop algorithms, design software services, and/or design architectures to accomplish the following: • Collection of HUMINT data and support automated textual entity extraction. • Identify existing SOA services supporting query/retrieval of intelligence data from various intelligence data sources • Develop a prototype tool that illustrate the power/value added of fusing HUMINT intelligence reports to national and tactical ISR data in a specific place and time. • Describe how the software design supports integration with emerging modern Service Oriented Architectures (SOA). • Develop a fusion architecture of SIGINT (COMINT Externals), FMV-UAV and MTI data---and use HUMINT as a tipping source.
  PHASE II: Develop and demonstrate algorithm prototype software services based on the design work performed in Phase I. Demonstrate these services in a laboratory or field test environment. Demonstrate the “value-added” aspect of an automated fusion tool with HUMINT, SIGINT (COMINT from RTRG), FMV, and MTI data.

  PHASE III: Transition this capability into the DCGS-N POR and integrate with imagery/targeting tool (e.g. CGS/PTW)—and thus provide a capability that supports discovery -> analysis -> targeting. PRIVATE SECTOR COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL/

  DUAL-USE APPLICATIONS: Department of Homeland Security (DHS), US Coast Guard, and Federal Law Enforcement community, and greater Counter-Terrorism community that are wrestling with how to fuse HUMINT/Law Enforcement data with national/tactical/technical collection system ISR data.

  References:  1. Joint Publication 2.0 Joint Intelligence 2. Joint Publication 2-01.3 Joint Intelligence Preparation of the Operational Environment 3. Joint Publication 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms NAVNETWARCOM Multi-Int Fusion Requirements document (DRAFT) - available on SIPRNET

Keywords:  HUMINT; Multi-INT; Fusion; ISR;ISR&T; intelligence

Questions and Answers:
Q: 1) Is this topic focused on the capturing of new HUMINT data and integration with existing HUMINT data sources? If so, are the existing ISR data sources SOA “enabled”?

2) Could you please define “identify existing SOA services”? Does this mean integrating a new web based interface to existing SOA services for SIGINT, FMV and MTI data or developing new services?

3) Is this topic focused on integrating HUMINT data into the targeting workflow or is targeting and interface to CGS simply an adjunct application?

4) We do not have access to SPIRnet. How might we be able to review NAVNETWARCOM Multi-Int Fusion Requirements document (DRAFT)?
A: 1) "No" not capturing new HUMINT with existing HUMINT.

2) There are already available WSDLs, and other Meta Data catalog(s) thru the DCGS Integrated Backbone (DIB) where one would 'get' other ISR the question is, how to correlate the HUMINT with those other *INTs.

3) Targeting and interface to CGS an adjunction application.

4) We can summarize the gaps/needs via telephone..but I prefer to not GFI the Document.

Q: In addition to the intake of DCGS ISR data discoverable through the Meta Data catalog(s), are there specific DCGS-N services available to HMFT?
A: There are existing WSDLs on JWICS and SIPRNet that can allow you to tap into SIGINT and Imagery sources.

Q: What is the expected classification level and place of performance of the Phase II effort?
A: Classification level: Minimum Secret

Place of Performance: TBD
Q: There is significant consideration for and community focus on Cloud technology. A Cloud technology environment will dramatically adjust potential consideration of automated link analysis, semantic matching, and algorithm development/adjustments.
Is the Government considering the potential for providing the contractor cloud resources (particularly: dynamic Storage, Processing, and Ram cache) to test the framework and methods for automating the association (e.g. Using Cloud resources)?
A: . . . response pending . . .

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