Success in the future battle space is increasingly dependent on rapid access to the right information. Faced with a
shrinking budget, the Government has a mandate to improve intelligence productivity, quality, and reliability. To achieve
increased ISR effectiveness, leverage of tactical edge mobile devices via integration with strategic cloud-based
infrastructure is the single, most likely candidate area for dramatic near-term impact. This paper discusses security,
collaboration, and usability components of this evolving space. These three paramount tenets outlined below, embody
how mission information is exchanged securely, efficiently, with social media cooperativeness.
Tenet 1: Complete security, privacy, and data integrity, must be ensured within the net-centric battle space. This paper
discusses data security on a mobile device, data at rest on a cloud-based system, authorization and access control, and
securing data transport between entities.
Tenet 2: Lack of collaborative information sharing and content reliability jeopardizes mission objectives and limits the
end user capability. This paper discusses cooperative pairing of mobile devices and cloud systems, enabling social media
style interaction via tagging, meta-data refinement, and sharing of pertinent data.
Tenet 3: Fielded mobile solutions must address usability and complexity. Simplicity is a powerful paradigm on mobile
platforms, where complex applications are not utilized, and simple, yet powerful, applications flourish. This paper
discusses strategies for ensuring mobile applications are streamlined and usable at the tactical edge through focused
features sets, leveraging the power of the back-end cloud, minimization of differing HMI concepts, and directed end-user
Given the increasing utilization and dependence on ISR information, operators and imagery analysts monitoring
intelligence feeds seek a capability to reduce processing overload in transformation of ISR data to actionable
information. The objective they seek is improvement in time critical targeting (TCT) and response time for mission
events. Existing techniques addressing this problem are inflexible and lack a dynamic environment for adaptation to
changing mission events. This paper presents a novel approach to ISR information collection, processing, and response,
called the ISR Context Switching System (ISR-CSS). ISR-CSS enables ground, sea, and airborne sensors to perform
preliminary analysis and processing of data automatically at the platform before transferring actionable information back
to ground-base operators and intelligence analysts. The on-platform processing includes a catalogue of filtering
algorithms concatenated with associated compression algorithms that are automatically selected based on dynamic
mission events. The filtering algorithms employ tunable parameters and sensitivities based on the original mission plan
along with associated Essential Elements of Information (EEI), data type, and analyst/user preferences. As a mission
progresses, ISR-CSS incorporates adaptive parameter updates (model-based, statistics-based, learning-based, and event-driven),
providing increased tactical relevant data. If a mission transforms dramatically, where unexpected manual
guidance is required, then ISR-CSS allows tactical end-user direct-to-sensor tasking. To address information overload,
ISR-CSS provides the provision to filters and prioritize data according to end-user preferences. ISR-CSS dispenses
mission-critical and timely actionable information for end-user utilization, enabling faster response to a greater range of
threats across the mission spectrum.