Strategic MDA

Persistent awareness in the maritime domain requires the processing of massive amounts of data in time periods that allow effective engagement strategies. Two critical elements point to the need for automated fusion tools: (1) the massive amounts of data to be fused, mined and analyzed; and (2) the numerous dimensions to be fused, mined and analyzed. This article discusses this need and describes a recent study by the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Coast Guard to identify and understand various current fusion efforts, characterize the technologies needed to achieve maritime domain awareness (MDA), identify gaps between current and required fusion capabilities, and develop MDA fusion. More than 120 fusion-related projects were identified with technologies that could potentially be applied to MDA needs. Many of the automated technologies are primarily in advanced research and development stages. Very few of the applications were capable of performing the automated all-source data fusion necessary to process the massive amounts of maritime data and information. Since the sharing of data and information is identified in the report as a critical technological challenge, the recommended next step is the establishment of a collaborative, networked environment that supports the MDA community.


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  • Accession Number: 01042375
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 13 2007 10:39PM