Information Sciences Campaign Plan
Information Sciences is focused on gaining a greater understanding of emerging technology opportunities that support intelligent information systems that perform acquisition, analysis, reasoning, decision-making, collaborative communication, and assurance of information and knowledge through Sensing and Effecting, System Intelligence and Intelligent Systems, Human and Information Interaction, Networks and Communications, and Cyber Security.
MISSION: To discover, innovate, and transition S&T capabilities that (1) facilitate the availability and effective use of high assurance and high quality information and knowledge at the tactical edge in a timely manner; and (2) facilitate the development of offensive information systems to limit adversary command-and-control capabilities.
VISION: Intelligent information systems available to the Army of 2030 provide reliable, timely, valuable, and trustworthy information and knowledge at the most appropriate force echelon, especially to the tactical edge – significantly mitigating tactical surprise. Army offensive information systems significantly limit the adversary's command-and-control capabilities. Intelligent information systems support and team with the force, forming an underlying socio-technical base for all things in the battlespace, from munitions targeting to maneuver to command-and-control. The desired end state is to leverage the range of S&T enablers to prepare forces to succeed in distributed operations and increasingly complex environments where information plays an ever increasing role.
The Information Sciences Campaign is strongly supported by these foundational pillars and key enablers to provide a flexible, adaptive, and Army-relevant approach which is geared towards addressing S&T challenges to Army information supremacy. The emphasis areas include Sensing and Effecting; System Intelligence and Intelligent Systems; Human and Information Interaction; Networks and Communications; and Cyber Security.
Sensing and Effecting research concentrates on understanding and exploiting information gained through sensing and exploiting data to drive effectors. Both sensing and effecting necessitate detailed understanding of corresponding physical behaviors that generate and utilize data, as well as effective means for storage, retrieval, and manipulation of data.
System Intelligence and Intelligent Systems research concentrates on understanding and exploiting interactions between information and intelligent systems, such as robots and software agents, wherein information is transformed between different levels of abstraction and roles within the intelligent system's cognitive processes – recognition, reasoning, predictions, and decision-making.
Human and Information Interaction research concentrates on understanding and exploiting interactions between information and humans, which involves complex mixed-initiative processes of information acquisition, transformation between levels of abstraction and relevance, comprehension, negotiation, and interactive tasking – mutually between humans and Army information systems.
Networks and Communications research concentrates on understanding and exploiting information's interactions with socio-technical networks, particularly communications, and command and control networks, both formal and social. Such interactions are heavily influenced by complex channels and protocols requiring complex analyses to understand and predict emergent behaviors of networks.
Cyber Security research concentrates on understanding and exploiting interactions of information with cyber attackers – human and/or intelligent agents. These interactions involve friendly operations against adversary information systems and networks, defense of friendly information systems and networks, and assurance of persistent information support to Soldiers even when parts of the friendly systems and networks are compromised.