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USAF and industry research cognitive algorithms for contested environments

4th June 2021 - 16:59 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Cognitive algorithms could find a home on USAF ISR platforms. (Photo: USAF/Tech Sgt Christopher Boitz)

The CASCADE initiative seeks to create ‘unique and innovative techniques and algorithms’ for USAF ISR platforms.

The USAF Research Laboratory has picked Black River Systems as its industry partner to research and develop prototype software and hardware for the Cognitive Algorithms for SIGINT Contested and Degraded Environments (CASCADE) initiative.

Work on the $11.97 million contract is scheduled to end by June 2025, the DoD announced on 3 June.

‘The scope of this effort is to research unique and innovative techniques and algorithms that provide the identification, collection, processing, and exploitation of electronic communication signals in a moderate to dense co-channel environment,’ the DoD noted.

The R&D effort also includes evaluation of technologies within the Open Architecture Technology Laboratory, to validate the viability of developed capabilities for transition into USAF ISR enterprise.

‘This effort will also encompass the development of hardware and software prototype capabilities at the Rome Research Site and at the Stockbridge Experimentation and Test Facility for open-air calibration and testing to assess both SIGINT and cyber systems and techniques,’ the DoD added.

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