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onstration (UCAS-D) development and
prototyping. The Committee stated
its belief that the DOD "should continue development and risk reduction
that will benefit the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Strike and Surveillance
(UCLASS) program...to speed up the
development of this vitally needed national security capability."
The SASC reduced the Air Force's
RDT&E budget request of $1.2 billion
for the Long Range Strike Bomber by
$460 million due to "delayed release of
an EMD contract," however $77 million
was approved for military construction
in support of the program. $6.8M was
approved for Large Aircraft IR Countermeasures (LAIRCM) RDT&E.
The SASC approved the Navy's full
RDT&E funding request of 411.8 million
for the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ),
as well as $56.9 million for continued
EA-18G R&D. $19 million was also provided for the Tactical Air Directional IR
Countermeasures (TADIRCM) program.
The Marine Corps' MAGTF EW for aviation budget request of $7.7 million was
also fully funded.
Following the HASC's lead, the SASC
increased the budget request for the
Common Missile Warning System (CMWS)
by $60 million to $78.1 million in response to an unfunded priorities list request for Apache Aircraft Survivability
Equipment Development, and also recommended an increase of $24 million to
the Common Infrared Countermeasures

(CIRCM) budget request (total of $101.6
million). - J. Haystead

IARPA SOLICITS BIDS FOR SIGINT
ANALYSIS PROGRAM
The Intelligence Advanced Research
Projects Activity has released a Broad
Agency Announcement (BAA) for a
new program that will develop signals
intelligence (SIGINT) data extraction
techniques and accurately forecast significant global events. The aim is to
develop a machine-based capability to
identify and predict events around the
world, such as terrorist attacks, military
activity, civil unrest, voting events and
infectious disease, before they are reported by Open Source Indicators (OSIs),
such as major news organizations.
While the DOD and the Intelligence
Community (IC) have developed many
types of open source and foreign SIGINT data analysis tools, the Mercury
program aims to focus on developing
"SIGINT data extraction techniques that
focus on volume, rather than depth, by
identifying shallow features of SIGINT
data (keywords, geotags, timestamps,
etc.) that correlate with group behavior," according to a program description
in the BAA. The objective is to develop
"methods to automatically sample SIGINT data to detect group-level behavior
changes in anticipation of, and response
to, events of interest."
IARPA's Office for Anticipating Surprise, which is managing the Mercury

Program, envisions a multi-year program in which contractor teams will
develop automated methods to analyze
foreign SIGINT data and anticipate major developments before open source
news reports on them. Foreign SIGINT
data will be provided to teams via the
National Security Agency's Laboratory
for Analytic Sciences. In the evaluation phase, the teams will be provided
with past foreign SIGINT data collected
in the Middle East and North Africa.
Teams will develop query, processing
and sampling strategies and will use
the SIGINT data to generate warnings
for real events. As part of the evaluation process, the Mercury teams will
participate in a "competitive forecasting tournament" and will receive
points for "early and accurate" warnings of events. Teams will timestamp
warnings, declare the probability of the
event and provide event details, such
as population, event type, event time
and location.
According to a Mercury program briefing delivered at an industry day earlier
this year, the Mercury program is focused
on identifying significant events. It is
not aimed at identifying or tracking specific individuals, nor is it focused on advanced natural language processing. It is
not a tool for analyzing a specific signal
type. Furthermore, it is not a program
that will address data visualization.
Rather, program officials want Mercury
contractor teams to "develop new meth-

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - July 2015

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
The Modern MANPADS – an Evolving Threat
Technology Survey: RF Tuners and Tuner Modules for SIGINT Applications
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - July 2015 - The View From Here
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JED - July 2015 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - July 2015 - Courses Calendar
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JED - July 2015 - From the President
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JED - July 2015 - The Monitor
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