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Intelligence, Surveillance and Space Division

Intelligence, Surveillance and Space Division
Intelligence, Surveillance and Space Division

Intelligence, Surveillance and Space (ISS) Division undertakes internationally-recognised research and development into technologies aimed at enhancing the national capability to produce accurate, relevant and timely actionable intelligence for both Defence and national agency decision makers. 

The research spans the range of satellite systems, advanced sensing and sensor processing technologies through to the design of information integration architectures and the development of advanced analytics for high-level human/machine information fusion and the automated extraction of meaningful content from disparate data sources.

A key responsibility involves science and technology advice on air surveillance (particularly the Jindalee Operational Radar Network and the Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft), multi-sensor fusion, threat assessment and surveillance capability assessment. Another key area is imagery systems with an emphasis on imagery collection, exploitation and dissemination for existing and emerging systems.

The division’s research activities for the rapid dissemination of strategic intelligence, data-mining to extract new intelligence and the application of web-based technologies contribute to enhanced situation awareness and decision-making by transforming data to knowledge.

The division is also leading DST‘s Space Strategic Research Initiative, through close collaboration and partnerships with a range of Defence, Industry and Academic stakeholders.

Capabilities of this division

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HF Radar (HFR) branch conducts research critical to the use of HF radar for the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission.

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Imaging Systems branch conducts research and development into systems for geospatial intelligence (GEOINT), electro-optical and radar measurement and signature intelligence (MASINT), and imagery-based capabilities, with a focus on strategic intelligence systems and space-based sensors.

The Information Integration (II) branch undertakes research, development and demonstration of enhanced ISR information integration capabilities, addressing key areas of ISR systems analysis, multi-source tracking and fusion, information fusion, enterprise ISR information architectures, situation awareness, and small satellite experimentation and operations.

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Intelligence Analytics (IA) branch conducts applied research in data and human sciences to automatically extract, fuse and disseminate meaningful content from intelligence data to improve the situation awareness of analysts within the Australian Intelligence Community.

Microwave Radar and Signatures (MRS) branch exploits active and passive radar technologies, advanced radar signal processing, and radio-frequency signature measurement and prediction, to enhance Australian Defence capability and support decision superiority.