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Horizontal Integration based upon Decentralized Data Fusion (DDF), NetCentric Architecture (NCA) , and Analysis Collaboration Tools (ACT)

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The major focus in the joint-services area today is on Horizontal Integration HI rapidly fusing and exploiting the data from different collection systems to speed the flow of correlated intelligence to war fighters, both for situational awareness and targeting. In this paper we discuss several technologies potentially useful in HI. They are Decentralized Data Fusion DDF, NetCentric Architecture NCA, and Analysis Collaboration Tools ACT. DDF, NCA, and ACT could provide pathfinders and enablers for future implementation of HI across current stovepipe collection and analysis systems. HI will ultimately require effective command and control of air, ground, naval, and space-based intelligence collection and dissemination systems. This control will be achieved through net-centric information management that includes dynamic links between a global database and multiple locally maintained databases that contain data obtained from component stovepipe systems. The links between communication nodes will allow global information to be updated automatically with information from distributed assets. The motivation for providing connectivity and automated information sharing among distributed platformsnodes is to increase the amount of information available at each node. The technology enablers for HI include, but are not limited to, the following Net-Centric Architecture NCA- A network architecture that gives component platforms access to multi-level security information and communications over a two-way encrypted TCPIP connection allowing net-centric control and utilization Decentralized Data Fusion DDF-The DDF framework includes a proposed solution to the data fusion problem called Covariance Intersection CI, as well as a solution to the information corruption problem called Covariance Union CU. Analysis Collaboration Tool ACT-NRL has developed an analysis collaboration tool ACT to be used for virtual collaboration in intelligence support.

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  • Information Science
  • Computer Programming and Software

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