Situational Awareness Sensor Technology

Table G-3 provides a SA sensor technology gap assessment. While established sensor technology is available for a number of these missions, the constraints of squad-level deployment and operation is a primary concern.

TABLE G-3 Situational Awareness Sensor Technology Gap Assessment

Mission Description Relevant Sensor Technology Technology Gap Assessment
SA Dismount detection and engagement Radar, SIGINT, FMV, IRST, WAMI Deployment platform, scaling, TCPED, autonomy
SA Vehicle detection and engagement Radar, FMV, IRST, WAMI, acoustics, seismometer Deployment platform, scaling, TCPED, autonomy
SA Through-wall surveillance Radar, SIGINT Deployment, robustness, CONOPS
SA Foliage obscured target surveillance Radar, LADAR, SIGINT Radar aperture size
SA Spectrum surveillance SIGINT Obscuration, deployment, TCPED
SA Navigation in GPS-denied environments Radiofrequency sensor technology Multi-transmitter deployment
SA, force protection Concealed weapons detection Millimeter-wave radar, metal detectors, magnetometers SWAP
SA, force protection Life signs monitoring Millimeter-wave radar, acoustics, lasers SWAP, deployment, CONOPS

Dismount and vehicle detection and discrimination capability has been a focus of recent Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Army, and Air Force RDT&E investments. Examples of radar programs are: DARPA-JIEDDO’s Vehicle and Dismount Exploitation Radar; the DARPA-U.S. Army

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