R&D

Image Exploitation System/Balanced Technology Initiative (IES/BTI)

IET designed and led a multi-contractor development of a supercomputing hardware architecture and multiple software engines that performed real-time automatic target recognition (ATR) processing of both low and high resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery into probabilistically ranked interpretations of the presence and location of military force membership, organization, and expected ground formations. Independent testing of the prototype IES/BTI system by the US Army using imagery of Iraqi forces taken during Desert Storm resulted in an average 260% improvement in the performance of expert SAR imagery analysts using IES/BTI as a front end to their image exploitation. Customers included the Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA) and the U.S. Army Topographic Engineering Center (USA TEC). IET's IES/BTI software was incorporated into the Semi-Automated Image Processing Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) and transitioned to the U.S. Joint Forces Command and the 18th Airborne Corps in 1999.