Engineering & System Development Capabilities

System EngineeringIntelligent Systems Research's  extensive development background and system engineering processes lead the way  in providing the best of solutions to the challenges we face in defense system  development.  Intelligent Systems  Research engineering team’s background in system engineering includes extensive  requirements, architecture, interface and performance analysis efforts on many  critical development projects including the Patriot Missile System, THAAD BM/C3I,  MEADS BM/C4I, SDI GBR-X, TMD GBR / THAAD Radar, the Hubble Space Telescope  Control System, TSQ-73, Light TACFIRE, Navy E-2Upgrade, the Comanche Helicopter,  and the Joint Strike Fighter as well as several other weapon and control system  developments, including the development of thousands of detailed system and  software requirements for those systems.   Most recently, Intelligent Systems Research developed the US Army’s  Integrated Air and Missile Defense functional requirements for Increment 1.5 in  2005, developed the requirements and much of the software component  architecture of the Joint Track Manager as part of the Joint Architecture  Working Group and then developed the detailed system architecture definition  for the IAMD Increment 2 (see below).   Our team’s background also included the first large system software  development for a weapon system battle management using object-oriented  analysis and design methodologies in the early 1990s, which futher led to methodological  advances that helped lead the industry to the development of the UML approach.


System Architectures 

The engineering team at Intelligent  Systems Research leads the way in the development of the most advanced  distributed system architectures.  Our  team members were the core engineering team that successfully designed and  developed the netted, distributed, replicated (net-centric) architecture of the  THAAD BM/C3I in the Dem/Val phase of the program during the 1990s.  Most recently, Intelligent Systems Research  led the development of the US Army’s new architectural approach for the  Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System project (first  documented in the IAMD Architecture / Capabilities Definition Report in May  2006).  This architecture explains the  methods by which air and missile defense sensor and weapon components (Patriot,  SLAMRAAM, JLENS, and THAAD) are integrated into a system of systems  architecture enabling engagement of air, cruise missile and ballistic missile  targets using available sensor / weapon combinations.

Modeling & Simulation and Algorithm / Software Technology Development  

Intelligent Systems Research modeling  & simulation and algorithm / software technology development capabilities  are unique in the industry, having developed among the most sophisticated  algorithmic software technologies in the defense industry.  Led by our chief scientist and world-class  physicist, Dr. Phillip Dennis, our research  and development process has been used extensively by our staff while supporting  defense programs as members of large research and development efforts.  This disciplined methodology divides the  analysis phases of the research into well-defined steps wherein appropriate  metrics are examined and used for assessing progress, identifying technical  problems, establishing completion criteria, and developing products at each  step.  Our comprehensive approach includes  the prototyping, integration and testing of each algorithm component on target  platforms in our algorithm test bed.

Software Design and  Development

Intelligent Systems Research’s engineering team has extensive system  software design and development experience that includes development of large,  complex, real-time software systems for air and missile defense battle  management, radar control and missile guidance software.  Intelligent Systems Research’s engineering  team led the first large system software development for a weapon system battle  management using object-oriented analysis and design methodologies in the early  1990s, which led to further methodological advances that in turn led to the  development of the UML approach.  Our  software development efforts are focused on ensuring our software meets all  performance requirements to support component-based open software architectures,  while developing our software to the highest standards of quality, modern development  methodologies and consistent development process and to support all program  cost and schedule objectives.