Environmental Data Fusion for Mine Countermeasures

Period of Performance: 09/17/1999 - 09/16/2001

$1.02MM

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Daniel H. Wagner, Assoc., Inc.
559 West Uwchlan Avenue Array
Exton, PA 19341
Principal Investigator

Abstract

In this Phase II project we will develop an operationally useful Environmental Data Fusion for Mine Countermeasures (EDFMCM) system which will significantly improve the ability of Naval MCM forces to carry out their missions through the more effective use of available environmental data. EDFMCM will allow MCM planners and operators to (1) develop more effective MCM plans, (2) more accurately evaluate the effectiveness of MCM operations, and (3) more accurately evaluate the threat to shipping from mines which remain after MCM operations. We will concentrate on three key areas. These are (1) obtaining all of the environmental data which is relevant to MCM operations in the area of interest (AOI) with minimal operator interaction, and presenting it to the operator in an easily understood manner, (2) determining the variability and reliability of the available environmental data, using this variability to alert the MCM planner/operator to deficiencies in the data, and developing plans for obtaining additional environmental data in the AOI using the limited resources available to the MCM commander, and (3) analyzing the relevant environmental data, combined with both exercise and real-world operational MCM data, to discover the relationships between environmental factors and MCM effectiveness.