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‘GEOINT Singularity:’ There’ll Be Nowhere For DoD To Hide

Thursday, August 15, 2019   (0 Comments)

By Theresa Hitchens  |  August 08, 2019  |  Breaking Defense

"[A]dversaries could track the movements of U.S. and allied military equipment, detecting patterns of training and operations; hyperspectral imaging can identify chemical compositions; short-wavelength infrared imaging can see through clouds; and SAR sensors can image at night. When determining risks to national security, one can define it as the risk of being seen or detected."

SPACE AND MISSILE DEFENSE SYMPOSIUM: America’s adversaries — and the general public — will soon be able to watch US troop movements, top secret weapons development and testing facilities (think Area 51), missile launch sites and nuclear laboratories as radical transparency is enabled by the nexus of commercial remote sensing, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and 5G networks, a new study by the Aerospace Corporation concludes.

The study, obtained by Breaking Defense, posits a not-so-far-off future dubbed the “Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Singularity” where “realtime Earth observations with analytics are available globally” to everyone including the average citizen. This will be made feasible by the convergence of the trends in “global connectiveness, commercial remote sensing from space, and advances in artificial intelligence (AI),” which “point toward a future where information and overhead imagery will become available to the general public in near realtime.”

The study, authored by Josef Koller, former senior advisor on space policy to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, cites the “rise of large constellations with remote sensing satellites and capabilities ranging from synthetic aperture radar imaging, nighttime imaging, and infrared imaging” coupled with AI analytics that allow “data from different sensors can be combined, processed and made useful for a specific user’s needs on handheld devices worldwide” as creating a “nowhere to hide” scenario on Earth.  READ MORE...

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