DOD, Navy developing pirate-fighting apps

In the ongoing global fight against pirates, the Defense Department is looking to develop apps that will help target threats on the high seas, according to a release from DOD’s Armed with Science blog.

The effort is launching under a new, $1 million-dollar award from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics as part of the Coalition Warfare Program. The project is a part of a research partnership between the Office of Naval Research, the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, the Technical University of Federico Santa Maria in Chile and a group of African universities.

Scientists working on the International Collaborative Development for Enhanced Maritime Domain Awareness (ICODE MDA) are building web-based applications that U.S. and foreign navies and sailors will use to analyze data to “combat pirates, drug smugglers, arms traffickers, illegal fishermen and other nefarious groups,” according to the release.

The focus is on designing software that enhances automation, small-target detection and intent detection, and that is compatible with a number of different maritime network systems for international collaboration and information-sharing.

According to a Google website for ICODE MDA, the project has two main goals: creating a global community of open source algorithm and tool developers, and developing a web portal that helps users from different countries communicate and visualize and share data for improved situational awareness.

Some of the projects under way include automated systems for detecting ships, oil slicks and anomalies, according to the site.

About the Author

Amber Corrin is a former staff writer for FCW and Defense Systems.

Featured

  • Cybersecurity

    DHS floats 'collective defense' model for cybersecurity

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wants her department to have a more direct role in defending the private sector and critical infrastructure entities from cyberthreats.

  • Defense
    Defense Secretary James Mattis testifies at an April 12 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.

    Mattis: Cloud deal not tailored for Amazon

    On Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought to quell "rumors" that the Pentagon's planned single-award cloud acquisition was designed with Amazon Web Services in mind.

  • Census
    shutterstock image

    2020 Census to include citizenship question

    The Department of Commerce is breaking with recent practice and restoring a question about respondent citizenship last used in 1950, despite being urged not to by former Census directors and outside experts.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.