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8 June 2011 Developing composite signatures
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A composite signature is a group of signatures that are related in such a way to more completely or further define a target or operational endeavor at a higher fidelity. This paper explores the merits of using composite signatures, in lieu of waiting for opportunities for the more elusive diagnostic signatures, to satisfy key essential elements of information Keywords: signature, composite signature, civil disaster (EEI) associated with civil disaster-related problems. It discusses efforts to refine composite signature development methodology and quantify the relative value of composite vs. diagnostic signatures. The objectives are to: 1) investigate and develop innovative composite signatures associated with civil disasters, including physical, chemical and pattern/behavioral; 2) explore the feasibility of collecting representative composite signatures using current and emerging intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) collection architectures leveraging civilian and commercial architectures; and 3) collaborate extensively with scientists and engineers from U.S. government organizations and laboratories, the defense industry, and academic institutions.
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Chadwick T. Hawley, Tom Carpenter, Patrice G. Cappelaere, Stu Frye, Jacqueline J. Lemoigne-Stewart, Dan Mandle, Sarah Montgomery, and Autumn Williams-Bess "Developing composite signatures", Proc. SPIE 8040, Active and Passive Signatures II, 804002 (8 June 2011);

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