Data from mobile device signals such as GSM may be an untapped resource for signals intelligence on the battlefield. Although the payload of a communication system is encoded, information about the nature of the communication that is included in the GSM signal is not and should not be overlooked. This information, known as metadata, could prove to be an important tool for warfighters, experts say.
Tactical SIGINT Tool
DRS Soneticom Incorporated, Melbourne, Florida, is being awarded a $10,784,185 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to develop an operational prototype, man-portable signals intelligence (SIGINT) receiver to support the Joint Threat Warning System Ground SIGINT kit program. The Tactical SIGINT Tool, as envisioned, will be a small form factor, easily mission configured, secure handheld/body-worn networked device that provides real-time SIGINT and precision geolocation while incorporating a dedicated communications capability for command and control functions and cooperative geolocation. U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.