Sonar Technician (Surface) 1st Class Jessica Bonilla stands the surface war-
fare coordinator watch in the combat information center (CIC) aboard the
guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens June 30 in the South China Sea. The CIC
provides pertinent tactical information and intelligence to command and con-
trol stations. The Navy has developed an automated system called the
Command and Control Rapid Prototype Continuum that fuses intelligence with
command and control data.
tracking speech “on a speaker-by-
speaker basis within huge databas-
es of recorded audio.”
That means the software can
quickly search thousands of audio
files and, by analyzing the sound
characteristics of each voice, pick
out particular speakers each time
Voci software creates “acoustic
tags that are uniquely associated
with every speaker,” the company
said in a release announcing the
In effect, each voice is turned
into the audio equivalent of a fingerprint, Voci President Anthony
Gadient said in the release.
By tracking the vocal fingerprints, Voci’s speaker identification
system will be able to map the connections between speakers and
their contacts, unveiling a social
network that intelligence analysts
But often with those searches, “you get too many
results. Analysts do not have the time or resources to go
through all that data to find relevant information,” he said.
STAFF is being designed to search for more than a
dozen different elements of information in data and determine how they relate to the person of interest, Hagan said.
He said Modus Operandi will receive “a couple of
million” dollars to develop and field STAFF, and expects
the system to be ready for use within two years.
The Navy is developing a separate system just for mining audio files. The files, such as intercepted cell phone
calls, reside in massive databases as a seemingly random and practically endless tangle of conversation.
The Navy wants technology that can comb rapidly
through volumes of audio data and pick out the conversations of specific speakers.
In October, the Office of Naval Research (ONR)
awarded Pittsburgh-based Voci Technologies Inc. an
$80,000 research grant to tackle that job.
The company produces high-speed speech recognition software, which it says is capable of clustering and
In addition to automating intelligence analysis, the Navy has developed an automated system that fuses
intelligence with command and control data. The result is a system that monitors developing
events and tracks the availability and readiness of Navy
assets that might be needed to respond to the events.
The dual system, called the Command and Control
Rapid Prototype Continuum, or C2RPC, is being test-ed by U.S. Pacific Command.
“C2RPC delivers a complete and accurate view of
the battlespace,” said program manager Gary Toth. “It
provides for the integration of any available sensor
information,” and delivers a summary of equipment
available to counter developing threats.
“If a certain mission requires a helicopter with a certain capability, warfighters can see exactly what ready
assets exist that can fulfill the mission requirements,”
Mission planners see asset readiness information
displayed on a single screen — a ship or aircraft’s fuel
status, ammunition loadout, manning, mission readiness, current tasking and more. C2RPC also provides
intelligence updates for pending missions.
“Previously, warfighters had to go to multiple work-stations and screens” and make a number of phone
calls to find out which ships, aircraft and other equip-