DLCD sensor mix study


  1. Chapman, I.M.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
This Technical Memorandum describes the first phase of the DLCD Sensor Mix Study which was conducted in February 2008. The objective of this study was to evaluate how sensor mixes contribute to mission success in a number of vignettes across a range of formation levels (from Section to Battle Group). In February 2008, a brainstorming seminar was held at DLCD in Kingston with members from the 2nd Electronic Warfare Squadron. During the seminar, the subject matter experts discussed the utility of various sensor types for each vignette, and brainstormed a number of sensors that would be useful in each situation. The main themes that emerged from the seminar included the desire for extensive use of UAVs with electro-optical and infrared imagers as well as the potential to use aerostats as sensor platforms on more static missions (e.g. Forward Operating Base defence). Perhaps owing to their expertise in the field, the SMEs discussed the potential use of electronic warfare sensors for each vignette. It was decided that a second brainstorming phase was required with subject matter experts from other intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance communities to get a holistic view of the sensors. Following this, a more in-depth study involving sensor suites and virtual wargaming will provide more information to military decision makers.

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Report Number
DRDC-CORA-TM-2008-043 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Nov 2008
Number of Pages
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