Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance System Performance – Evaluation Using the Analytical Hierarchy Process


  1. Jassemi-Zargani, R.
  2. Bourdon, S.
  3. Fong, V.
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Defence R&D Canada - Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems form the backbone of any military defence and security operation. These systems, be they ground-, sea-, air- or space-based, do so by providing enhanced situational awareness to the military decision makers at the tactical, operational and strategic levels. Whereas traditional surveillance systems operate within one environment and at one level, current military requirements and technological advances have evolved to multi-domain, multi-level sensor systems. For example, Space-Based System (SBS) technology has been advancing rapidly in terms of capability, affordability, size and reliability. As in the commercial sector, defence and military institutions are looking to improve their space capabilities by increasing the number of smaller, more affordable and more capable satellites that are being put into service. Given the complexity this introduces, one of the current challenges in this area is to objectively evaluate the effectiveness of a given collection of surveillance systems (i.e., ISR architecture) to the military decision maker. This effectiveness can only be assessed by taking into account a multitude of factors – from geospatial and temporal to information and fusion, all of which combine to describe the military utility of a given architecture. This report presents an end-to-end method for assessing the utility of different ISR architectures from engineering-level simulation and modelling to the evaluat

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Report Number
DRDC-OTTAWA-TM-2011-224 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Jul 2013
Number of Pages
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