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Army intelligence is building and maintaining the ARGUS database to further the Central MASINT (measurement and signature intelligence) Office mission to interconnect all DOD and national intelligence interests into a single common and unified MASINT database with various levels of access. Community members will have access to MASINT requirements and the collections made against them with the option to select specific hardcopy or tapes. ARGUS became available in fiscal 1998, and was subsequently expanded by DIA into a future Department of Defense intelligence information management system that has broader IC application.

MASINT currently includes but is not limited to Electro-Optical Intelligence (EOINT), Radar Intelligence (RADINT), Directed Energy Weapons Intelligence (DEWINT), Laser Intelligence (LASINT), Radio Frequency/Electro-Magnetic Pulse Intelligence (RF/EMPINT), Acoustic Intelligence (ACOUSTINT), and Materials Intelligence (MATINT).

ARGUS is a versatile software system for the storage, retrieval, and analysis of radar, infrared, acoustic and other types of target signature data. Such signature data are often referred to as MASINT, or Measurement And Signatures INTelligence data. The collection, analysis, and management of signature data on military vehicles, ships and aircraft is vital to the development and evaluation of advanced sensor and weapons systems that are increasingly depended upon to not only detect and track potential targets, but distinguish between friendly and hostile systems.

ARGUS is designed to assist a wide range of users within the DOD, involved in the acquisition, analysis and management of large quantities of target signature data. At one end of the user spectrum are analysts who need to locate, retrieve and operate on specific sets of signature data to conduct quantitative or qualitative analyses. At the other end of the spectrum are managers who don't necessarily need to access the data directly but do need to be aware of what data are available to effectively coordinate signature acquisition efforts, analysis tasks, and production schedules.

In support of this diverse user base, ARGUS is designed to handle a wide range of signature and other related data, such as target geometries or models, and provide extensive on-line documentation of these data. In addition to the core database, ARGUS also provides access to a variety of software tools for the display, analysis and management of signature data.

ARGUS is intended to operate on standard computer workstations running the UNIX operating system and X windows. The initial implementation of the ARGUS prototype is on SUN SPARC workstations. ARGUS is a combination of custom and standard, off-the-shelf software and is written in ANSI standard SQL, C, and Common Lisp programming languages.

ARGUS was originally aimed at supporting FSTC in the day-to-day management and analysis of their rapidly expanding volume of MASINT data. However, the architecture upon which ARGUS is based is quite versatile, and the system can be readily adapted to support the data storage, retrieval and analysis needs of a variety of other intelligence, Test and Evaluation (T&E), and system development applications.

ARGUS, in combination with rapidly developing DOD secure network technology, is evolving to become the basis for the implementation of a distributed National Target Signature Data System (NTSDS). As such, ARGUS is not only a resource that can help individual organizations improve the local management of their own data, but also provides a common vehicle through which the signature community can interchange data, coordinate activities, and reduce fragmentation.

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