Without a doubt, relevant information of an area or battlefield is one of the most important things any warrior can have. Fortunately, new technologies, like unmanned drones, are making it easier to collect this information, but actually disseminating it to those in the field is a slow process. People have to analyze the data the information and potentially process it into a form for the troops, which can take hours or days. That is why researchers at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) are working to develop an automated system to speed up the process.
The Exchange of Actionable Information at the Tactical Edge (EAITE) program is to be able to gather information from multiple sources and analyze it for human consumption. This analysis in theory could be completed in minutes or seconds, and then pertinent data can be transmitted to the handheld devices of the troops. Even with at that speed though, the researchers recognize some situations develop still faster, but EAITE is still a step in the right direction.
The program to develop this system is expected to start with other Future Naval Capability programs at the start of fiscal year 2014. Among those other programs are some to give unmanned aircraft the ability to detect improvised explosive devices autonomously and an undersea weapon system to neutralize surface and subsurface threats.