Rapid Force Projection Technologies

Assessing the Performance of Advanced Ground Sensors

by John Matsumura, Randall Steeb, Randall G. Bowdish, Scot Eisenhard, Gail Halverson, Thomas J. Herbert, Mark Lees, John Pinder


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This documented briefing summarizes research supporting the Rapid Force Protection Initiative (RFPI) Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD), with the goal of exploring new technology concepts for the ACTD. The focus of this research was on advanced distributed ground sensors — specifically the air-deliverable acoustic sensor (ADAS) — with emphasis on how such sensors might fit into the current RFPI hunter/standoff killer concept. High-resolution simulation was used to examine and quantify many of the key aspects of performance, environmental effects, and military utility.

This project was conducted in RAND's Arroyo Center and RAND's National Security Research Division's Acquisition and Technology Policy Center.

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