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Information Overload…

Written by on Thursday, January 17th, 2013

With multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) operating non-stop over threat territories, the limitation to intelligence gathering is now officially…the human. Current airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms provide so much information that the analysts on the ground are overloaded.

Information Overload

 

During the early days of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) military leaders couldn’t get enough video feeds into the Combined Air and Space Operations Center (CAOC) from the Predator and asked for more UAVs into the battlefield. Industry answered the call for UAVs and provided more Predators and also new UAVs like the Reaper, Scan Eagle, Hunter, Raven and many others to help provide the critical situational awareness needed. Now, instead of a handful of video feeds to monitor and analyze, there are sometimes hundreds that could be providing critical information that the warfighter desperately needs.

The Air Force’s ISR Deputy Chief of Staff, Lt. General Larry James states that in today’s order diazepam online no prescription environment “you’ll find a noncommissioned officer staring at a screen that has a Reaper feed of a compound in Afghanistan. He may be sitting there for an eight-hour shift staring at that video. I say that’s a lousy way to use the human brain.” Also, the amount of information to analyze is only going to grow in the future and it’s expected that the next generation sensor package will produce the equivalent of 85 years of high-definition video movies every day.

UAVs have changed and shaped the current battlefield and will be a critical part in future engagements but without the necessary tools to mine the massive data streams, their impacts and capabilities will be greatly minimized. The time is now to provide the warfighters with the sorting tools and algorithms that will take the human out of the loop yet provide crucial and timely information when needed to the battlefield commanders.

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