Problem Solving 101 with Kenneth Hintz – Sensor management in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance

At Artech House, we ask our authors what problems their books can help readers solve. In this series, we share what our authors aim to do in their writing. Read on to see what Kenneth Hintz, who wrote Sensor Management in ISR, has to say about his book:

Sensor management in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)

Sensor Management in ISR explains the difference between situation information and sensor information and shows how to compute both.  Situation information is important in that it is what the decision maker wants. It is a useful criterion to determine what situation information to obtain.  Sensor information is important as it provides the system with a means for determining how to best obtain the valued situation information.

Sensor Management in ISR shows the integrating concept of mission value through the use of the goal lattice (GL) methodology.  Goal lattices effectively enable one to decompose the value of accomplishing a mission from its high-level, soft, difficult to measure yet conflicting goals down to the mission value of a real, measurable sensor actions.  That is, each sensor action has associated with it a numerical value representing how important it is to maximizing the expected information value rate (EIVR) of information from the real world into the decision makers’ mathematical model of that world.

Sensor Management in ISR brings together in one book over 30 years of research in developing a mission-valued approach to maximizing the transfer of information from real, cyber, and social environments into a mission-valued, probabilistic representation of that environment on which decision makers can formulate actions.

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