As more unmanned ISR assets come online,
Navy struggles to combat information overload
By WILLIAM MATTHEWS, Special Correspondent
Closing the Gap
Unmanned Fire Scout helicopters began flying reconnaissance missions for U.S. forces in Afghanistan in May, beaming hundreds of
hours of full-motion video to troops on the ground.
As the Navy acquires digital-age intelligence-gathering tools, it
remains hobbled by industrial-age analysis capabilities.
; That gap is likely to grow as more unmanned Fire Scout helicopters, land-based surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles, carrier-based
drones and unmanned undersea vehicles come aboard.
; A number of projects are under way to automate intelligence analysis, from semantic tracking systems to speech recognition software.
; The future may bring automated systems that can analyze and
fuse enough intelligence information from multiple sources to begin
to predict events.
The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has developed
an autonomous intelligence system that is able to spot,