Monday, October 13, 2008

DARPA Seeks Technology for Seeing Inside Buildings

Doug Beizer writes on

A new Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency project hopes to give warfighters the ability to see inside buildings in urban environments.

The DARPA pre-solicitation aims to develop a suite of sensing technologies for looking deep inside a building from above- and below-ground. The technologies should be suitable for a broad range of building types.

The technologies must support several intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations including pre-mission planning, assessments of targeted structures and live updates during missions.

“As overseas military and peacekeeping operations have expanded in urban environments, our adversaries have adopted asymmetric strategies such as hiding in and operating out of civilian buildings,” the solicitation states. “To reduce the tactical risk to U.S. forces, it is imperative that we develop technologies to allow U.S. forces to confidently maneuver within building interiors.”

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