One of the highest potential uses of image fusion is that of recognition of critical targets. The continuing image fusion question then is how to make optimal use of the often disparate forms of encountered image detail during fusion. Toward this end, many techniques have been advanced for fusion to a single viewable image. Fewer techniques have been suggested toward fusion with the goal of directly improving target detection or recognition. Based upon emerging trends in pixel accurate registration of images, we show the theoretical foundations required to optimally fuse target imagery for recognition. Results obtained can be applied to both the cases of automatic target recognition and image analysis.