Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate

CERDEC's Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate is the Army's center for research and development of advanced cyber operations, electronic warfare, signals intelligence technologies, radar, and intelligence analysis, exploitation, and dissemination capabilities.

Today’s Army faces new and varying threats from unconventional and asymmetric warfare. These new threats demand the need for capabilities that stop these actions and help Soldiers stay steps ahead of adversaries. CERDEC Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate researches, develops and evaluates intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, electronic warfare and cyber technologies to provide effective, proactive situational awareness, and tracking, targeting and survivability solutions that transition into operational, relevant capabilities for the Soldier. From initial concept through fielding, I2WD spans the lifecycle of these systems and provides engineering and management support to Program Executive Offices.

I2WD leverages in-house expertise and technologies to provide state-of-the-art systems and solutions for quick reaction capabilities necessary to address urgent, operational needs for the Army. I2WD operates Defense Department and industry-unique laboratories and testing facilities to test and evaluate developmental systems in a controlled, realistic environment.

I2WD develops and applies emerging technology to significantly advance the Soldier’s fighting capabilities now and in the future. I2WD develops and integrates the critical technologies required to provide a speedy transition from research labs to the field, ensuring the long-term superiority of the U.S. Army in the areas of

information warfare and intelligence systems.

I2WD develops single and multi-modality sensors in the radio frequency, radar, electro-optical/infrared, acoustic, magnetic, seismic and hyper-spectral domains.

I2WD develops advanced radar sensing capabilities and exploitation technologies that provide actionable intelligence, accurate and timely reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition for battlespace awareness and force protection.

  • Evaluates and analyzes performance data of radar systems
  • Refines and prototypes radar system concepts
  • Uses a radar and sensor simulation environment for synthetic data sets to aid in advanced algorithm development
  • Develops and evaluates processing, exploitation and dissemination (PED) workflows and architectures to support next generation sensors
  • Leverages in-house radar system integration laboratories (SIL) in support of current operations
  • Evaluates advanced battlefield identification of cooperative and non-cooperative systems

Lightweight Counter-Mortar Radar

LCMR is a lightweight, man-portable and High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle-mounted fast-scanning radar system that detects, tracks and locates enemy indirect projectiles in the air and determines the enemy firing position. It provides electronically-scanned, 360-degree azimuth coverage at short to medium detection ranges. U.S. Armed Forces and allies use LCMR as one of the primary counter-fire radar systems.

Omni-Directional Weapon Locating Radar

The OWL is a next-generation radar technology that provides hemispherical coverage against indirect, low, non-standard trajectories and plunging threats. The radar utilizes a novel antenna design, innovative signal processing techniques such as multiple-input, multiple-output and digital beam forming, and automated tracking algorithms. The OWL has a flexible system architecture ensuring quick adaptability for multiple mission purposes.

Tactical Reconnaissance and Counter-concealment Enabled Radar

TRACER provides increased situational awareness by enabling long-range, wide area detection of targets under camouflage, concealment and deception conditions, and mapping for complex environments. TRACER provides increased situational awareness by enabling long-range, wide area detection of targets under camouflage, concealment and deception conditions, and mapping for complex environments. In addition, the system has the capability to detect small roadside targets and buried weapons caches. It performs onboard image formation and change detection.

Vehicle and Dismount Enabled Radar

VADER is an advanced Ku-band Ground Moving Target Indicator Radar/Synthetic Aperture Radar capable of detection and precision tracking of moving vehicles and dismounts. The system provides for wide and small area air-to-ground moving target indication, high-range resolution scanning of targets, detection of large numbers of targets for real time or forensic analysis, and SAR imaging of fixed targets. The VADER Exploitation Ground Station integrates closed-loop sensor management and multiple exploitation technologies to enable near real-time exploitation and forensics.

Signals Intelligence, more often referred to as SIGINT, is a form of gathering intelligence through the interception of electronic signals used as forms of communication, such as wireless.

Wolfhound Handheld Threat Warning System

Wolfhound is a hand-held frequency threat and direction finding system that filled the coverage gaps and limitations of traditional systems. The Wolfhound system provides mission support and force protection, aids in combat search and rescue, can identify and geo-locate spotter positions and observation posts, and can be used in both static and mobile operations. The system can be used as a stand-alone unit or networked together. It has been transitioned to Program Executive Office Intelligence Electronic Warfare & Sensors and is a prominent Soldier system.

I2WD develops algorithms, databases, human interfaces and representation technologies to enable the tactical transformation of data obtained from multiple sources into more detailed, relevant and proactive situational awareness.

Intelligence Fusion aims to gather and disseminate multiple forms of information collected from different sources, including human intelligence and signals intelligence.

  • Vigilant Pursuit: Vigilant Pursuit, a platform agnostic system, combines human intelligence and signals intelligence capabilities to provide Soldiers information necessary to identify persons of interest while in the field, and uses cross cueing and tipping to enable Soldiers to make decisions that require time-sensitive responses. Vigilant Pursuit hosts Distributed Common Ground System-Army workstations, dismounted humans intelligence collection systems and several National Security Agency enterprise solutions.
  • Distributed Common Ground System – Army: The Army uses DCGS–A as the primary system for posting data, processing information and disseminating ISR information regarding a variety of information potentially effecting the Soldier’s mission. I2WD performs research and development for DCGS-A as well as for some of the software integrated into DCGS-A.

I2WD maintains cyber situational awareness by analyzing adversary networks and tactics, techniques and procedures, and attacking adversary networks. Additionally, the directorate mitigates the threat posed by voice, video and data services provided on a common packet switched network with multiple ubiquitous connectivity options.

I2WD enables military action involving the use of electromagnetic and directed energy to control the electromagnetic spectrum or to attack the adversary’s network to minimize collateral damage.

Jamming systems block the signals used to detonate roadside bombs. I2WD’s contributions to these efforts began as soon as the Army recognized remote-controlled bombs as an emerging threat to Soldiers. The Army honored the I2WD-developed CREW Duke V3 system, an EW jamming system now transitioned to Program Executive Office Intelligence Electronic Warfare & Sensors, as one of the Army’s Greatest Inventions for 2009.

Roadside bombs pose a continuing threat to Soldiers, and I2WD’s ability to electronically detect, locate and defeat remote-controlled roadside bombs feeds into the Army’s mission to eliminate the threat.

I2WD contributes to the Army’s C4ISR Enterprise Support mission by leading Army science and technology development in the areas of cyber operations, electronic warfare, SIGINT technologies and radar.

I2WD provides expertise to Army program management offices in support of programs of record as well as develops quick reaction capabilities to fill urgent needs of the Soldiers in the field. I2WD supports system and system-of-systems engineering design analysis, testing and experimentation to advance the next generation of Army cyber, EW, SIGINT and radar capabilities.

CERDEC Flight Activity - Provides aviation support for the research, development and evaluation of C4ISR airborne-electronic systems. The CERDEC Flight Activity provides end-to-end aviation support, including start-to-finish engineering, design, fabrication, integration, flight testing, operations and maintenance for:

  • Emerging Research, Development, Technology and Engineering (RDT&E) C4ISR Technologies
  • Quick Reaction Capability to Operational Units
  • Post-production modifications for Program Executive Offices
  • DOD, other government agencies, industry and academia
  • CERDEC Flight Activity (CFA) Data Path Verification (DPV) Lab used for aircraft data interface testing on various line replaceable units (LRUs)

Fabrication Integration Fielding Facility (FIFF) - Provides design analysis, fabrication, integration, QRC fielding and training capabilities.

CERDEC Flight Activity is delegated Limited Airworthiness Release authority for research activities on aircraft assigned to CERDEC. I2WD's Fabrication Integration Fielding Facility holds an ISO 9000 Certification for quality management.