Intelligence systems

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The Intelligence Systems branch of National Security and ISR Division conducts research and development of intelligence systems for geospatial intelligence (GEOINT), measurement and signature intelligence (MASINT) and imagery-based capabilities.

The branch covers phenomenology measurement and modelling, sensor systems, data processing and exploitation in a multi-source framework.

Technology in this domain is advancing rapidly with new sensor capabilities and modes addressing the detection of increasingly subtle signatures and the need for persistence. This trend results in a deluge of sensor data requiring automated processing and computer assisted exploitation. 

The branch incorporates operational support, project support, development of advanced ISR technologies (from algorithms to end-to-end systems) and the use of exemplar systems to demonstrate and transition capabilities to the community.

Advanced geospatial intelligence exploitation

Our Advanced Geospatial Intelligence Exploitation group conducts research and development in algorithms, tools, techniques and environments for GEOINT image analysis and exploitation, including the automated fusion of multi-INT sources within the geospatial context. 

We undertake mathematical algorithm development, software development in high performance computing and web-based/service oriented environments, performance evaluation with ground truth data and the trial of exemplar capabilities in representative environments.  

The group provides operational support, project advice and develops/deploys exemplar through to production-ready systems. We also develop the Analysts’ Detection Support System (ADSS) as an architecture and mechanism for developing, demonstrating and transitioning new capabilities for the intelligence community.

Radar processing and exploitation

Our Radar Processing and Exploitation group conducts research and development in imaging radar phenomenology, sensors, modes, advanced data processing, target detection algorithms and intelligence exploitation.

The focus is on leading edge MASINT, polarimetric, interferometric and bistatic techniques to provide operational support, advice to projects, exemplar systems, performance evaluation and new capabilities for transition.

The group covers a range of technologies including radio frequency systems, real-time computing and signal processing algorithms to develop, test and evaluate advanced radar collection, processing and exploitation capabilities, with an emphasis on imaging radars.

The group also maintains the Ingara Imaging Radar, air to ground data links and the Defence Experimentation Airborne Platform.

Electro-optic processing and exploitation

Our Electro-Optic Processing and Exploitation group conducts research and development of visible and infrared phenomenology, sensors, modes, data processing, target detection algorithms and intelligence exploitation.

The focus is on leading edge MASINT, hyperspectral, hypertemporal and full motion video techniques to provide operational support, advice to projects, exemplar systems, performance evaluation and new capabilities for transition. 

The group covers a range of technologies, including advanced sensors, modelling and signal processing algorithms to develop, test and evaluate advanced electro-optic collection, processing and exploitation capabilities. 

Key information

Areas of expertise:

  • geospatial intelligence
  • measurement and signature intelligence
  • mathematical algorithm development
  • software development
  • statistical analysis
  • biometrics
  • imaging radar phenomenology
  • sensors
  • modes
  • advanced data processing
  • target detection algorithms
  • intelligence exploitation
  • visible and infrared phenomenology