Remote Detection of Covert Tactical Adversarial Intent of Individuals in Asymmetric Operations

Report No. ARL-SR-197
Authors: Ann Bornstein, Thyagaraju Damarla, John Lavery, Frank Morelli, and Elmar Schmeisser
Date/Pages: April 2010; 46 pages
Abstract: The goal of this report is to design a first-order road map for modeling research to bridge the scientific gap between observations from physical sensor networks at 3-50 m on the one hand and determination of covert tactical adversarial intent of individuals with deception and in extensive clutter on the other. The research needs to integrate components from kinesiology, neurophysiology, psychology, cognitive science, sociocultural anthropology, and information science. Research and development (R&D) issues that need to be considered include metrics for cognitive phenomena and how well detection systems work, data sets, determining whether actors can provide sufficient verisimilitude to create data sets, and relevant sensing technologies and information fusion techniques. Successful procedures may need to include actively (but unobtrusively) perturbing the situation in order to elicit specific responses. Comprehensive Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, and Federal R&D programs are required to promote rapid progress. The Federal Government should fund R&D programs with the objective of producing a theoretically founded design of a prototype system for remote detection of covert tactical adversarial intent of individuals in asymmetric operations within 5 years and a working operational system within 10 years.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: April 1, 2010