Transforming Data into Actionable Intelligence for the Decision Maker
With the goal to increase decision superiority through enhanced understanding in complex environments, Sandia’s radar systems incorporate processing and analysis on-board the aircraft to quickly and efficiently provide the analysts with relevant data. Sandia strives to provide end-to-end solutions that leverage data, information science, and state-of-the-art Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) for rapid analyses that supports national security decision-making. In this effort, Sandia develops advanced exploitation methods, formally evaluated with working analysts in its Human Analytics laboratory, to ensure that its systems enable timely identification of critical events, patterns, and trends.
Tasking & CONOPS Development
Pre-Mission Analysis & Flight Planning
Sandia develops and utilizes special programs and tools to understand the suitability for radar imaging in specific terrains and environments, as well as to develop flight plans that meet the customer’s unique objectives. Sandia’s pre-mission analysis automatically calculates, identifies, and reports line of sight and terrain suitability data for decision makers. Sandia’s embedded flight planner uses Google Earth to coordinate the flight of the aircraft with the movement of Sandia’s radar systems, thus maximizing data collection to meet mission objectives.
Designing Optimal Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTP)
Through decades of experience in developing mission ready systems, Sandia became an expert in optimizing Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTP) surrounding its customer’s most critical needs. Sandia works closely with the customer to understand the terrain, physical and political environment, and the adversary’s actions and methods. Sandia develops and refines highly customized TTP and Concepts of Operations (CONOPS) supporting a wide range of customer challenges, Surveillance and Reconnaissance requirements, and facilities protection.
Real-Time Processing, Exploitation & Dissemination
Real-time radar processing allows for direct dissemination of sensor-derived findings in standard, highly usable formats to enable quick decision making in time constrained operations and situations. Sandia develops highly sophisticated algorithms for automatic focus, Doppler centroid estimation, and range migration correction for unsurpassed image accuracy and precision.
Sandia excels in the design and development of advanced algorithms for image formation with Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). Using high power and flexible image formation processors, Sandia is able to successfully process phase histories from numerous Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) systems that generate real-time raw imagery for rapid triage and assessment.
Transmission of Real-Time Products
Sandia and its partners make significant progress in the transmission of real-time processed products for analysis and storage. Utilizing several communications and command technologies, advanced compression techniques and data downlink technologies, Sandia delivers more data to the user at higher downlink rates without sacrificing image quality. Additionally, Sandia develops custom systems which process and transmit data to analysts onboard or in a ground station depending on the specific needs of the mission.
Exploitation and Dissemination
Advanced Sensor Exploitation & Dissemination
Sandia is working to address the nation’s need for deeper insights into the exponentially growing magnitude of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) data volumes. Sandia’s expertise enables predictive rather than reactive ISR, giving decision makers valuable support solutions for national security applications.
Human Analytics and HMI
Human Analytics bring cognitive and perceptual psychology, team performance, interaction design, and rigorous user evaluation to the challenge of making advanced radar systems usable and adoptable in high-throughput, high-consequence mission spaces. Sandia’s expertise in Cognitive Work Analysis, Cognitive Task Analysis, and Human Machine Interface (HMI) supports the design, development, and evaluation of user interfaces and interaction models to ensure that these systems minimize extraneous cognitive and perceptual load. This allows users to focus on the important work of detecting, classifying, and communicating critical signatures for high-consequence decision-making.