A BAE Systems led team is developing a web-based
surveillance and targeting system for the U.S. National
Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's (NGA) under a US$47 million contract.
Global Net-Centric Surveillance and Targeting (GNCST) system, dubbed
"Gun Coast", uses real-time intelligence to rapidly identify
battlefield targets and other possible threats to accelerate the
decision-making process performed by human intelligence analysts.
Through the use of complex algorithms, GNCST can dramatically reduce
the workload and time needed to put vital pieces of information
"Once GNCST is operational, an end user might ask the system to locate
surface-to-air missiles that appeared in a specific region within the
past 45 seconds," said Scott Boyce, BAE Systems' GNCST program manager
in San Diego. "In as little as a few seconds, GNCST would respond with
target coordinates for those missiles."
The system uses a Web-based interface on a secured computer network to
gather real-time data from multiple intelligence sensors and process
it into useable data for the military and intelligence communities.
BAE Systems leads a team supported by Northrop Grumman, General
Dynamics, and Dragon Research. The initial contract is a 15-month
program with four additional options. The next step will be to
transition the system from a lab and demonstration environment to an
operational system and into the hands of the war fighter.